Humboldt Redwoods State Park offers paddle trips; explore the South Fork of the Eel River

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Humboldt Redwoods State Park announces the 2013 lineup of interpretive floats/paddles. These are ranger-led paddles down various portions of the wild and scenic South Fork Eel River and include nature walks along the way, featuring glimpses into seldom-seen portions of the redwood forest.

This year will also feature an Earth Day river cleanup paddle on Saturday, April 20. The paddles are intended for people who already possess some basic canoeing or kayaking skills – beginners should acquire such skills before participating.

All participants must provide their own canoe or kayak and must wear a personal floatation device. Wetsuits are recommended but layers of warm synthetic clothing and a waterproof shell, with spare dry clothing packed in a waterproof container, may be substituted. Everyone should bring a sack lunch and plenty of drinking water. Those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult and participants must be 12 years of age or older. No dogs are allowed. The trips take between three and six hours depending on river conditions and a shuttle service is provided.

Prospective dates and times for the 3013 season are:

o Saturday, April 13: First float of season from Williams Grove to Dyerville. Meet at Williams Grove, on the Avenue of the Giants just north of Myers Flat, at 9 a.m.

o Saturday, April 20: Second float of the season, Earth Day cleanup trip from Williams Grove to Dyerville. Meet at Williams Grove, on the Avenue of the Giants just north of Myers Flat, at 9 a.m.

For more information, or to sign up contact ranger Robert Leiterman at 707-946-1816 or rleiterman@parks.ca.gov. Each trip is limited to 10 participants and the slots fill up fast.

This float season group size is being limited. Note: During high and fast river flows, in the interest of visitor safety, the right is reserved to cancel the trips – if a decision is made to cancel Humboldt Redwoods staff will contact (via phone message) all participants the night prior to the trip.

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