CARSON CITY, Nev. – Just in time for the start of the spring-summer rafting and kayaking season, Carson City is posting new informational signs on the Carson River this week to advise boaters about whitewater rapids and other challenges.
Signs directing boaters will be erected Thursday, April 10, at a designated raft and kayak “put in” site near the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Carson City Field Office at 5665 Morgan Mill Road, south of Deer Run Road and U.S. Highway 50 East.
The signs are part of the Carson River Aquatic Trail Master Plan to make nearly 14 miles of the Carson River safer and more accessible for whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing. The plan, approved by the Carson City Board of Supervisors, identifies measures to improve public river access areas, create informational signage and remove hazardous obstacles from the river that could injure rafters and kayakers.
“The Carson River is a wonderful recreational attraction and the new signs will direct boaters where to put in and take out and where to expect challenging whitewater,” Carson City Supervisor Pete Livermore said. Livermore is a member of the Carson River Regional Recreation Steering Committee of city, county and state agencies promoting the Aquatic Trail.
City officials will install signs Thursday morning along an adventurous stretch of river from Morgan Mill Road downstream through Class III whitewater rapids in the Carson River Canyon to the Santa Maria Ranch take out area in Dayton. Signs went up on the river Tuesday at Carson River Park, where the river is calm and suitable for beginners.
In addition, the Carson City Parks and Recreation Department and co-sponsors Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lyon County and the Nevada Commission on Tourism have produced the first Carson River Aquatic Trail Map and Safe Boating Guide on waterproof paper that can be tucked into a pocket for use during a boating adventure. The map will be available to boaters at the Visitor Center of the Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau 1500 S. Carson St. at Fairview Drive, next to the Nevada State Railroad Museum.
The eight-member steering committee includes representatives from the Carson City Board of Supervisors, Carson City Parks and Recreation Department, Carson Water Subconservancy District, Lyon County Board of Supervisors, Lyon County Planning Department, Nevada Commission on Tourism, Nevada Division of State Lands and Western Nevada Resource Conservation & Development.