James Marshall's cabin, Coloma, California

James Marshall’s cabin, Coloma, California

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you’ve probably seen REI’s new campaign #optoutside  The Coloma Valley embraces this wholeheartedly.  Here’s an idea, pack up your gear on Friday morning and #optoutside in Coloma.  From Cronan Ranch and Magnolia Ranch for hiking, biking and horse-riding to a more leisurely stroll in the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park for the annual Holiday Houses Tour there is something for everyone.  An even better idea is to stay at one of the many locations in Coloma from tent camping, bed and breakfasts and VRBO’s for the whole family!  Spend your Saturday and #shoplocal at one the many fine retailers from winery boutiques, local hidden gems and the annual Coloma Grange Holiday Market with local handmade treasures.  If shopping doesn’t suit your fancy spend another day outside.  If you can brave the cold waters there are still guaranteed releases on the South Fork American River on saturdays!

Coloma is still the place to be in September

Coloma has begun to downshift into the “slower” whitewater weekend mode but there are plenty of reasons to jump in your car after work Friday and enjoy the weekend at the river with guaranteed water flows Saturdays and Sundays after Labor Day.  Coloma has a variety of places to stay from elegant bed and breakfasts to camping on the river and places for a 5 star dining experience to grabbing a burrito on the go.  Join river lovers September 12th and 13th for the beloved Friends of the River Annual Gear Swap   The next weekend Saturday the 19th partner with the American River Conservancy for the Great Sierra River Clean-up.  After the River Clean-up head over the American River Music Festival September 19th-20th.  

In Vineyard1

The downshift in the whitewater season means that the grape harvest in the valley is in full swing.  Now is the time to check out the vineyards and wineries as they are bringing in grapes daily.  The equipment is in full use and the smell of fermenting grapes is intoxicating.  If you’re lucky, you can stop by one of the wineries and catch them in “crush” mode and you might get a chance to be part of the process.  Cheers!

young kayaker at American River Festival

Summer In Full Swing…Harvest Around The Corner!


Click to read “Five Ways To White-Water In Coloma” article from SacTown Magazine

Baloon in VinyardSummer is in full swing in Coloma.  The bumper to bumper traffic on the river is the kind of traffic we enjoy around here.  SacTown Magazine featured a great article “Five Ways to Whitewater in Coloma”   The whitewater business is a mainstay in the Coloma Valley and is still providing excellent fun for all ages.  The photo on the left was from a decade ago, proof that rafting rides the waves of time.

Harvest is also just around the corner.  Wineries are not new to the region, however repeat visitors to the region are seeing more and more vineyards and wineries pop up as they travel the famous Highway 49 and its hidden roads leading to award winning wine.  The wineries provide fun for visitors during the whitewater season and after.  Mark your calendar and book a great B&B or riverfront campground and enjoy some river fun.  Also squeeze in some visits to the local restaurants, ranging from casual to elegant and many featuring local musical talent.  Be on the lookout for new blog updates every couple of weeks to keep up with Coloma News!

CCK Opening Day on the South Fork

Join California Canoe & Kayak and Jackson Kayak for the 3rd Annual Opening Day Celebration.
Special Thanks to our co-sponsor and friends at Ninkasi Brewing!!! CCK OPENING DAY!!!

Proceeds to benefit American Whitewater and Bob Center Recovery Fund.

How to participate!

Lots of great raffle prizes.~ http://www.calkayak.com/events.cfm#516

Would also like to thank all the CCK Staff for all the hard work they do to make this happen.

Special Thanks to Our Friends and Neighbors ~ Marco’s Cafe, Sierra Nevada House, Sierra Rising, and The Argonaut Cafe

Hope to see you there, Tammy, Keith and Matt

Grange Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt


Celebrate Spring and Easter this Saturday, April 4th with a scrumptious pancake breakfast from 8:30 -11 a.m. at the Gold Trail Grange, 319 Hwy 49, Coloma.

You’ll enjoy all you can eat pancakes with syrup plus a serving of cheesy scrambled eggs, salsa, sausages, a fresh fruit cup, o.j, coffee, tea or cocoa. Adults just $6 and kids 10 and under $3.

At 11 am. there will be an Easter Egg Hunt in the meadow at Marshall Gold Discovery Park which is just across the street from the Grange.  Parking will be free for the breakfast at the Grange and at the State Park for the Easter egg hunt. The Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by the Coloma-Lotus Chamber of Commerce and other local business, famiies a

American River Conservancy Nature Camp

The American River Conservancy is offering Nature Camp this summer.  You can register online at www.arconservancy.org/camp or you may call us at (530) 621-1224 for more information.  Feel free to forward this email to your friends and family.

ARC Summer Nature Camp – Water Warriors

Join us as we explore the Coloma Valley and Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Each day we will explore the natural world and learn about water conservation, watersheds and the importance of water for life through singing, crafts, and games! In addition to our creativity, we will also exercise our bodies with hikes and water-play every day.

Dates and prices for camp sessions are listed below.

Mark your calendars for the 2015 Summer Camp Dates:


Age Group Session Dates/Times Fee  Online Registration Form
Ages 4 & 5 June 22 – 26, 2015; 9am – 12pm $125 / $145*  REGISTER NOW
Ages 6 – 8 July 13 – 17, 2015; 9am – 3pm $195 / $220*  REGISTER NOW
Ages 9 – 11 July 27 – 31, 2015; 9am – 3pm
(Includes Thurs-Fri Campout)
$225 / $250*  REGISTER NOW
*ARC member/non-member fee

A limited number of reduced-fee scholarships are available.  Please contact autumn@arconservancy.org for more details.

Mamajowali Concert at the Grange March 7th

MAMAJOWALI featuring Joe Craven, Mamadou Sidibe, Walter Strauss will perform at the Gold Trail Grange,  319 Hwy 49, Coloma on March 7th.  The doors will open at 6:30 with the music starting at 7:30.

This concert is a benefit for the RiverTunes Music Camp scholarship fund and the Gold Trail Grange.

About the band: Seamlessly interweaving two continents and three bright musical sensibilities, Mamajowali is three veteran musicians (Joe Craven, Mamadou Sidibe, Walter Strauss) that have found common ground in a new, unique sound. Their blend of kamale ngoni (the hunter’s harp of Mali) with six string guitar, percussion, fiddle, mandolin and singing is traditional, innovative and uncommon – all at the same time. Mamajowali overlays West African music, old time Americana, and spirited originals. Hoppin’ high energy grooves and tons of improvisational trialogue. Come listen/dance to the sound you’ve never heard ~ “Afromericana!”

Admission price is $20
Tickets will be available starting January 31 at
Sierra Rizing Bakery in Lotus
Main Street Music in Placerville
on-line by clicking the link below

Beer, Wine and Snacks will be available for purchase.

Please buy your tickets early.  If we don’t sell out, tickets also will be available at the door the night of the concert.

More information about MAMAJAWALI! and the concert can be found at
Gold Trail Grange

Gold Trail Grange Potluck

This Sunday, January 25 is the first community potluck for 2015 at the Grange. The Grange is located at 319 Hwy 49 in Coloma, the time is 5:00PM.

We will have a table in the front of the hall, in front of the stage, for childrens
We will have crayons, colored pencils, paper, etc for use. This isn’t a structured activity, just open for creativity.
If you have considered Grange membership, January is a great time to join, as membership will be for the full year.We have applications at the Grange, or online at goldtrailgrange.com.
Please bring a dish to share, your own place setting, and beverage of choice.
Remember, everyone is welcome, you don’t need to be a member to come. Come on out and visit
with your friends and neighbors.
Kay Osborn, Secretary
Gold Trail Grange, serving as Coloma’s community center


Come celebrate the day James Marshall discovered gold! We will be celebrating this very important-GOLD DISCOVERY DAY on Saturday January 24th, 2015. At the event we will have live music, guest speakers, our living history program, gold panning, tin punching, food and more! For more information please call our museum at (530) 622-3470. Parking is $8.00 per car.  Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Hwy 49 in Coloma.

El Dorado County Epicuren Culinary Adventure

January is Restaurant month in California, so El Dorado County is celebrating with 7 different Epicuren Culinary Adventures to choose from on Saturday January 25th. Choose from Camino, Coloma Valley, Cool, Fab 50, Dining Downtown, EDH Land & Sea and Wine & Dine. These tours are progressive dinners hosted by many local businesses.

The Coloma Valley Culinary Adventure starts at Gold Hill Winery & Brewery. Next stop The Argonaut Farm to Fork Cafe. Then head over to the Historic Sierra Nevada House for your main entree, and end with gourmet desserts at Sierra Rizing Bakery & Catering.

The Cool Culinary tour begins at Cool Beerwerks Brewery & Taphouse, with your second stop just down the road at Cork & Fork Restaurant. Your main entree is hosted by Hart 2 Hart Vineyards/Everhart Cellars and is catered by The Hidden Table. Dessert will be at the Historic Sierra Nevada House.

To see the menu and learn more about this delicious event, pricing, info., etc., please visit this website: http://visit-eldorado.com/culinaryadventure.php