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Please respect Redway Beach

Summer has arrived early with temperatures lingering around 100 degrees, everyone is heading to the river to take a swim and cool off. It’s a great time of year and we are lucky to have this beautiful resource to enjoy. It’s just too bad that some people have to spoil it for the rest of us.

Redway Beach off Beach Rd. in Redway has been a gathering place for summer fun for longer than most of us can remember and we share some great memories of this lovely place.

I bet there are a few things about this beautiful beach that most of you don’t know. First of all did you know that the beach is actually not a state or county park and falls under the California River Law in regards to beach ownership? The abutting properties own to the river bank. The land positioned under the water is owned by the state of California. The trail from Beach Rd. down to the river bank is considered public access to the river, but the land on either side is private land.

Having said this, use of the beach for family outings is a privilege granted to you by the local landowners. Please respect this privilege by using some common sense while enjoying the beach.

Leave no trace, pack out your own trash, this is not a publicly maintained area.

There are no public rest rooms, go before you come. While visiting the beach if you must go, bury your waste including toilet paper, at least seven inches deep, and 200 feet from any water source.

For the disposal of dog waste, the local residents have provided dog waste bags.

The receptacle for dog waste is not for trash, take your trash home for disposal.

If you dog does not respond to voice command keep it on a leash.

Do not leave your dog or children in your car while visiting the beach, even in the shade.

There is no camping allowed on the beach.

There are no fires allowed without a permit.

There are no fireworks allowed on the beach.

This is a residential area, no loud music, please.

The beach closes at 9 p.m.

There is a county ordinance against parking on Beach Rd. after 9 p.m.

If we all observe these rules of common courtesy, we will all have a better experience at the beach, and build many more wonderful memories here together.

Barbara Turner, Redway

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