Salmon Tours

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

WHAT:      Salmon Tours for schools, youth groups, and business groups
Tours run mid-October through mid-November
WHERE:   Lower Yuba River below Parks Bar
COST:         RAFT: $45/ person or $35/ person for schools with 70% or more FRPM

Nearly 500 students participate in Salmon Tours annually. Bring Yuba Salmon to life with the this unique, hands-on experience. If you are interested in scheduling a raft or riverbank tour, please let us know. Dates fill up fast!

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: 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: 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.

QUESTIONS: Contact Megan Learned, SYRCL’s River Education Manager, at or (530) 265-5961 x218.

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

Salmon Tours meet under the Highway 20 Bridge at Parks Bar. We 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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