The good news is that there is a consensus that low water features should be part of the white water park design in Kernville. As you know I am on the steering committee for the park project. We have produced a concept report which gives a great overview of the project and what we are trying to accomplish. It is full of information on all aspects of the project not just the in stream features so I would like to highlight a few sections of the proposal that addresses our unanimous desire for low water features...
You can download the proposal here:
Take a look at figure 1 on page 1 (third page of the file)...in that picture there must only be couple hundred cfs and there is still a usable feature. I would love to have several features like this in the fall and winter.
On page 10 there is a quote that shows the benefits of creating low water features:
“Weather in the area is suitable for river sports during all months (See Figure 14) and the
flow conditions support whitewater recreation all year long. All of the more successful parks across the country, such as Reno and Golden, are limited by either low flows or
inhospitable weather during the winter months. This combination creates the potential for a valuable park in Kernville. “
And on page 20 there is more...
Given the flow rates and weather at the site, it is expected the majority of boaters and
fishermen will visit the park throughout the year. “
Its an exciting project. Extending the boating season into the shoulder season will be awesome for both locals and boaters traveling through. As much as low water features are a priority for me I also am excited that the park will include competition grade features. One of the primary reason for that is that we have received an generous private pledge in the amount of $25,000.00 for a competition grade feature.
If anyone has any feedback on this project please feel free to contact me directly or post it here and I will forward it to the rest of the steering committee. I would stress that NOW is the time to comment on the park design. We will be entering the permit phase soon and it will be difficult to make changes after that. If people would like, we can have a boater meeting in January with the project engineer to address any concerns.
I have been posting updates on the front page of the website so check back often for the most up to date information. This is a multi use project, but the bulk of the cost is going to be the recreational river features and boaters will get the biggest benefit. It is important that boaters get involved and support this project in whatever way they can. We have been successful getting this far with grant money, but, realistically, we will need private boater donations if we want the park to be built.
Additional information can be found on the website: