FRLT Boating Policy
Boating at the Sierra Valley Preserve is regulated seasonally. Check this page and read all guidelines before planning a trip.
The Sierra Valley Preserve includes part of the largest freshwater wetland in the Sierra Nevada, which is a critical habitat for a diversity of bird species. FRLT created the Sierra Valley Preserve both to conserve its wildlife and diverse habitats and to expand opportunities for people to experience this beautiful place.
Current Status: Boating from the Preserve is prohibited.
We ask that you join us in protecting wildlife habitat and enjoy the wetlands and wildlife from afar at this time.
There is growing interest in kayaking in the wetlands in the spring. While this is a coveted recreation opportunity, the season when there is significant water in the valley coincides with sensitive bird migration and nesting periods. FRLT has a primary responsibility to protect this sensitive ecosystem and has developed this boating policy for the Sierra Valley Preserve, in accordance with our mission and values as a conservation organization.
- Mid-spring to early summer begins the sensitive nesting period, so public boating from the Preserve is closed. FRLT may occasionally offer special guided tours in this period, depending on conditions and staff capacity.
- The early summer to mid-autumn is the most delicate season in this ecosystem for fledgling birds, and all boating from the Preserve is prohibited.
The specific dates for these guidelines are subject to change annually and at any time, depending on migration and nesting patterns as well as water levels in the wetlands. Be sure to check all guidelines before boating.
FRLT owns and manages the Sierra Valley Preserve and controls access to the water from this property. These guidelines do not impact the public’s right to use the navigable waters of the Middle Fork Feather River or to access it from other locations.
Have questions? Call our office at (530) 283-5758.
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Expanding Public Access Opportunities
We’re actively working to create extensive new opportunities to experience the wonders of Sierra Valley and deepen visitor’s connection to this landscape. Check out our blog to learn more about our work to expand learning and recreation facilities at the Preserve, including building a new Nature Center (to open Spring 2024)! Beginning in 2024, we will be offering a series of new public programs including bird and wildflower walks, workshops, special events, and tours.