Salmon Tours

Register for public Salmon Tours Here!

Inquire about School Tours Here!

This is an amazing opportunity for you, your family, and your child’s school to adventure down the Yuba River to see spawning salmon! Seats are limited. Get your hands (and feet) wet while learning about the salmon life cycle, their ecology, and human impact on these incredible fish.

Raft Tours

Join SYRCL River Science staff and the river guides at Environmental Traveling Companions in October and November on a float trip down the lower Yuba to see spawning salmon.  This educational and fun day on a raft includes learning about the Yuba River ecosystem, how mining has impacted the river, SYRCL’s work to protect salmon, viewing one of SYRCL’s major restoration projects at Hammon Bar, and hiking the Yuba Goldfields.

You might get the opportunity to witness awe-inspiring salmon as they jump two-feet out of the water, show off their beautiful silvery coloration and dart wildly around our rafts. Be amazed by the spectacular journey of wild Chinook salmon as they make their way from the ocean to their ancestral spawning waters!

Riverbank Tours

Join SYRCL River Science staff for a hiking tour of lower Yuba Salmon Habitat from the University of California’s Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center. This tour is an excellent way to view superior salmon spawning habitat without a boat!

School Groups: please contact Megan Learned, SYRCL’s River Education Manager, at or (530)265-5961 x218 to sign up a school group for a 2017 Salmon Tour. Student trips must be between 15 and 56 participants, including chaperones. Please Note: transportation to and from river is not included. Cost: RAFT: $45/ person or $35/ person for schools with 70% or more FRPM. RIVERBANK: $5/ person.

Public or Business Tours: Please contact Annika Alexander-Ozinskas, SYRCL River Education Manager, at to sign up for a public or business tour. These tours help fund our school raft program.  This means your trip is a fun learning experience that also helps give students the opportunity to learn about the river!  Public tours are $75 for nonmembers, $65 for members, and $40 for kids under 12.  Deposits due by September 15th to reserve a date.

2017 Public Tour will take place on Saturday, October 28

Register for public Salmon Tours Here!

Contact Megan Learned, SYRCL’s River Education Manager, at or (530)265-5961 x218 to register now!

The spawning season is short, and spots fill up quickly.  Contact Annika early to guarantee your ideal date!

Meet under the Highway 20 Bridge at Parks Bar.  We’ll ferry cars from Parks Bar to the pull-out at Sycamore Ranch.  The day begins at 9 am and ends at approximately 3 pm.

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