It’ll be a busy weekend along Highway 168 in the Sierra Nevada.
More than 800 water polo players will be competing in the third annual Shaver Lake Open from Friday through Sunday. Sponsored by HARDCORESPORT, it is billed as the largest open water polo tournament in the world.
The three-day tournament, which started in 2013 at Sequoia Lake before moving to Shaver in 2014, will offer 130 games on four layouts near Nevins Point along the south shore. Tal Cloud is the tournament director.
Spectators are welcome, with games starting at noon Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 per day.
About 20 miles down the road, fleets of sailboats will take over Huntington Lake for the second weekend of the High Sierra Regatta. Racing starts at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
REI free weekend – REI is offering 500 free classes around the country through its Outdoor School on the weekend of July 30-31.
The Fresno store will host celebrations and classes both days at Nelder Grove Campground near Oakhurst.
SAR Wild and Rescue Run – Run through the mountains and take in Sierra scenery near Shaver Lake as part of Fresno County Search and Rescue’s annual Wild and Rescue Run fundraiser.
The Aug. 14 event has options for all kinds of runners with a trail half marathon, 10K trail run, 5K wild run and a 2-mile family hike. The event is also part of the Trail Runner Trophy Series.
Registration costs $15 for children ages 1-12 and $35 for adults on the family hike; $40 per person for the 5K and 10K options; and $75 for the half marathon.
The races will start a quarter-mile north of the intersection of Dinkey Creek Road and Fishing Club Road on the south side of the lake.
Participants will receive a technical event shirt, medallion, chip timing and a barbecue lunch.
Kokanee salmon released – The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Monday it had finished its release of more than 600,000 kokanee salmon fingerlings in 13 lakes and reservoirs across the state.
Bass Lake and Shaver Lake each received just more than 50,000 of the popular sport fish, which are expected to reach a catchable size in the next two years. The kokanee are typically smaller than Chinook salmon, growing to about 12 inches.
Because the drought has made it hard for kokanee to survive, the CDFW received eggs from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in addition to its stock from the American River and San Joaquin River fish hatcheries and Silverado Fish Planting Base.
Kokanee releases by the numbers
- Boca Reservoir (Napa County), 25,042
- Bullards Bar Reservoir (Yuba), 70,140
- Donner Lake (Nevada), 25,042
- Hell Hole Reservoir (Placer), 25,042
- Lake Tahoe (El Dorado), 138,099
- Little Grass Valley Reservoir (Plumas), 15,052
- Stampede Reservoir (Sierra), 60,027
- Union Valley Reservoir (El Dorado), 49,995
- Lake Berryessa (Napa), 50,111
- Bass Lake (Madera), 50,064
- Don Pedro Reservoir (Tuolumne), 19,980
- New Melones (Tuolumne), 55,524
- Shaver Lake (Fresno), 50,312
The CDFW usually stocks between 800,000 and 1 million fingerlings every year in 18 waters statewide.