More than ten years of Conservancy work with many parties finally came to fruition with the official opening of the boating takeout on the Mokelumne River's Middle Bar reach, long off-limits to the public.
Present at the May 16 ceremony were Conservancy President Katherine K. Evatt and Vice President Pete Bell, who were both on the front lines in our long struggle to get public access to this beautiful stretch of the river.
The ceremony included local, state and federal officials and was hosted by the East Bay Municipal Utility District, which owns the property. The project cost approximately $120,000, funded primarily by a state grant with additional funding from EBMUD.
The facility includes a beach landing for kayaks, canoes and other small, non-motorized craft, a 25-space parking lot and restrooms. It's located just upstream of the historic Middle Bar Bridge connecting Amador and Calaveras counties. The parking lot fencing and gate, crafted by EBMUD staff, echo the ironwork on the bridge.
The dedication capped off discussions involving the Conservancy, EBMUD; the State Attorney General's Office; the State Lands Commission; the state Department of Health Services; the state Department of Boating and Waterways; the U.S. Bureau of Land Management; Amador and Calaveras County officials; city officials; the Sierra Native American Council; kayakers, anglers and other river sport enthusiasts; local landowners; other interested groups and individuals.
Many people have worked hard on Middle Bar access. We're grateful to all of them, especially to the supportive local government representatives and Deputy Attorney General Lisa Trankley.
To reach the takeout, take Highway 49 to Middle Bar Road, which is just south of Jackson. The takeout is three miles down that narrow, winding road.