Sierra Whitewater Rafting Company Seeing Record Start to 2015 Season, Bringing Business to Area Campgrounds

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Arnie Chandola 

American River Recreation

(530) 622-6802

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Debbie Sipe

Camp-California.com

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SIERRA WHITEWATER RAFTING COMPANY SEEING RECORD START TO

2015 SEASON, BRINGING BUSINESS TO AREA CAMPGROUNDS

AUBURN, Calif., April 16, 2015 — California is experiencing yet another year of drought. But a whitewater rafting company in the Sierra foothills is experiencing its highest business levels in history.

“We’re off to a record start,” said Arnie Chandola, owner of Coloma-based American River Recreation, which runs whitewater tours down the South Fork of American River.

While most Sierra rivers ebb and flow with the snowmelt, there are eight dams along the South Fork of the American River, which hold back the water for both conservation and recreation purposes. The whitewater rafting industry has contracts with water agencies, which guarantees that will be delivered during the spring and summer for rafting purposes.

No water is released from the dams on Tuesdays and Wednesdays this year because of the drought, but water is released on the other days, creating excellent whitewater rafting conditions, Chandola said.

“The flow of the river is the same. We’ve just lost two days,” he said.

And since rivers elsewhere in California are heavily affected by the drought, Chandola is experiencing a record volume of calls for his business, which started its 2015 season three weeks ago.

“The availability of whitewater rafting along the South Fork of the American River is good news for campgrounds in the Mother Lode Country,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds, which hosts Camp-California.com, the statewide travel planning website.

Indeed, campgrounds in the greater Auburn area are reporting a strong start to this year’s camping season. Many campgrounds in the area include rental accommodations, including:

— Coloma Resort, Coloma

— 49er Village RV Resort

— Ponderosa RV Resort, Lotus

Elsewhere in California, Sipe said that inland campgrounds that normally depend on lake and river recreation are promoting other activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding and off road vehicle tours.

For more ideas on camping trips with recreational opportunities throughout California, please visit www.Camp-California.com.