Yuba Narrows Ranch
The 530-acre Yuba Narrows Ranch includes almost two miles of frontage along the Yuba River, with acres of graveled spawning beds upon which the survival of the Yuba River’s native Chinook salmon population depends. The ranch is traversed by the gold-rush era Miner’s Ditch, which brought water to power some of the region’s earliest hydraulic mining and now provides access for hikers through the Yuba’s steepest and most scenic terrain. The Ranch’s rich blue oak woodlands provide habitat and migration corridors for countless native species.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, in concert with the Trust for Public Lands, acquired the Yuba Narrows Ranch in September 2011, ensuring it will be protected in perpetuity as publically accessible open space. The Ranch is expected to be opened to the public in 2014, following construction of a parking lot and trail head by the Bear Yuba Land Trust.