Rising water temperatures in the lower Merced River forced part of the waterway to be shut off to anglers – more than one month ahead of schedule – to help drought-stressed salmonid populations during the fall spawning.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Tuesday that the lower Merced River from Crocker-Huffman Dam downstream to Snelling Road Bridge – about a 5.5-mile stretch – will be closed to fishing until the end of the year. The lower Merced River is typically closed to anglers from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31.
Anglers will regain access as usual Jan. 1.
Additional information on emergency angling closures, including a map, can be found at wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/inland/closures or by calling 916-445-7600.
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Alyssa Samansky Track Challenge
Put your track and field skills to the test and bring your unwanted books Saturday for a drive benefiting the Fresno County Library.
Running and field events both start at 5 p.m.
The meet honors Alyssa Samansky, who died in 2005 at age 7 after being hit by a car in a Fresno supermarket parking lot.
A $20 registration fee allows participants to compete in any event – long jump, shot put, 50-meter kids dash, 100, 400, 800, 1,600 and 1,600 relay.
Register online or the day of beginning at 4 p.m. A barbecue dinner featuring hot dogs and hamburgers costs $5.
China Peak Mud Run
When: 8 a.m. Saturday
Get down and dirty on the mountain and make your way through a new and longer 8K course that will have runners crawling through mud, jumping over ponds and scrambling through obstacles for the third annual event.
Enter as an individual or in teams of four. All team members must finish together.
A mini-course will be open for youths 12 and younger. After the race, enjoy food, drinks and music at the Brew Fest and awards ceremony.
Full adult registration costs $45 in advance and $55 the day of the race and includes Brew Fest tickets. Youth registration is $20.
Day-of registration starts at 8 a.m., with the main race at 10 and the youths competing at 12:30 p.m. Non-runners can watch from the resort’s Day Lodge deck or along spots on the upper mountain. Individual tickets for the Brew Fest are $25.
National Parks host free Tuesday
The next fee-free entrance day to a national park is Tuesday in celebration of the National Park Service’s 99th birthday.
Yosemite will be celebrating Founders’ Day with activities, games and giveaways in front of the Valley Visitor Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. An InstaMeet with rangers and noted American rock climber Conrad Anker starts at 11 a.m.
Two more fee-free days are on tap for 2015: Sept. 26 for National Public Lands Day and Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park will have two additional fee-free days: Sept. 25 (125th anniversary) and Dec. 13 (Nation’s Christmas Tree celebration).
▪ The U.S. Forest Service has lifted its public safety closure order for parts of the Sequoia National Forest that included the Piute Mountains and a stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail. The D-9 deer hunt zone in the Kern River District is also open for hunters. The closures were in place as law-enforcement agencies searched for fugitive Benjamin Peter Ashley, who was killed by sheriff deputies Saturday near Inyokern.
▪ Highway 120 east of Tioga Pass reopened Monday after being closed because of the Walker Fire. The road is open without escort, though motorists are prohibited from stopping along the eastern six miles of the road. Lower Lee Vining Canyon remains closed, including the Lower Lee Vining, Moraine, Boulder, Aspen Grove and Big Bend campgrounds. Upper Lee Vining campgrounds have reopened.
— The Fresno Bee