Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Alcohol prohibited on American River, parkway over Labor Day weekend - Sacramento Bee

Sacramento County Regional Parks rangers are gearing up for the last of the summer holiday weekends.

Folks planning to celebrate Labor Day along the American River and adjoining parkway are reminded that an alcohol ban will be in effect Saturday through Monday between Hazel and Watt avenues. John Havicon, supervising ranger, said rangers will be checking for alcohol at various access points.

The Labor Day weekend crowds along the river and parkway typically are lighter than those during the Fourth of July and Memorial Day holidays, he said.

"Labor Day is like a busy Saturday," Havicon said, noting that school has started for most youngsters and families are involved in other activities this time of year.

River flows are scheduled to drop to 2,000 cubic feet per second beginning Friday, which means more rocks will be exposed.

"The San Juan Rapids will be a little more rapid," Havicon warned. "When the water is lower, they're a little bouncier."

Despite the lower flows, he advised swimmers and rafters to use caution.

"We recommend wearing life jackets," Havicon said, noting that they are required for anyone younger than 13 years old.

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