I recently read in the Tribune, as a part of one of Bill Coate’s informative Madera area history articles, that 100 years ago, the week of July 17, 1912, the feasibility of making the San Joaquin River navigable nearly to Fresno was to again be investigated by the government. Details of the provision in the rivers and harbors bill state, “The possibilities of navigation of the San Joaquin River as far inland as Herndon, 10 miles from Fresno, are again to be investigated.” Madera County has a lot of fascinating history.
Canoeing on the San Joaquin River seems especially appealing with the temperatures we are experiencing this time of the year. The river is being maintained at levels that make for minimum paddling effort and maximum pleasure and entertainment.
I’m aware that the Madera Rotary Club has planned a group paddle down the river. It’s a terrific way to spend time, excitement and laughter with your friends. With experienced guides, cool water and natural surroundings, this experience provides a unique outing that is long and pleasantly remembered.
The Parkway Trust will be holding a tenth anniversary party on Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies, 11605 Old Friant Road. Call Estelle Boro at 248- 8480 ext. 116...