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Auburn State Recreation Area, like all California State Parks, has as its mission "to provide for the health, inspiration, and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation."
Auburn State Recreation Area is a large, 3,800 acre park in the Sierra Foothills outside of Auburn, CA. We extend along the canyons of the Middle Fork and North Fork of the American River. The park extends from Auburn up to Oxbow Reservoir near Foresthill and up to Mineral Bar Campground near Colfax. This diverse and untamed riparian habitat was mined to bedrock during the California Gold Rush, and then set aside for the building of the Auburn Dam in 1968. Since then, the land has been undeveloped and under the care of the California State Parks for the Bureau of Reclamation, who was responsible for building the Auburn Dam. The dam plan was scrapped when an earthquake revealed a fault line near the dam site. The park now is used by rafters and kayakers, equestrians, hikers, bicyclists, swimmers, and boaters for recreation. With the state budget in its current condition, Auburn SRA relies on its many volunteers for park programs, trail maintenance and other park projects. Even if you don't volunteer, we hope you will come and visit Auburn State Recreation Area and enjoy your California State Parks!
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