California Dude Ranch, Marble Mountain, Extends Raft and Ride Vacations In Spite of Drought

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While California continues to deal with unprecedented drought, Marble Mountain Ranch's innovation pushes rafting operations forward by accessing dam controlled rivers.

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We have never seen the Klamath river in an un-raftable condition due to low flows. That includes the entirety of our 40 year history of rafting the middle Klamath.

As California experiences historic drought, many outdoor adventure operations are asking how their businesses can "stay above water." As sentiment grows around water supply many ask if outdoor activities can survive, particularly California's usually booming rafting demand.

Marble Mountain Ranch, an American vacation dude ranch in California, offers river rafting on the Klamath River. Owner, Doug Cole, comments regarding drought concerns. "Many people ask us if we're going to be able to operate rafting this summer. The short answer is 'yes.'"

The Klamath river is also the third largest river drainage on the pacific coast, behind the Columbia and Sacramento River, and its drainage covers an area in excess of 10.5 million acres. Mr. Cole comments. "We have never seen the Klamath river in an un-raftable condition due to low flows. That includes the entirety of our 40 year history of rafting the middle Klamath."

Marble Mountain Ranch is conveniently located with access to dam controlled rivers. There is also the potential that there may be access to free flowing, un-damed river to provide for rafting. As summer nears, free flowing river access will directly depend on thawing winter snowpack.

For vacationers who are considering joining California's saddle/paddle vacation at Marble Mountain Ranch, it would be important to note that the river in question, the Klamath, has four dams upstream with compounded winter rainfall. Regardless of political views regarding dams, the benefit of compounding water for dry month releases is a feature that is capitalized on by outdoor enthusiasts for recreational uses during periods of controlled water releases from the dams.

Doug's optimism is promising for family ranch vacationers. California's guest ranch industry is not necessarily a "local" operation, as many of the guests come from other states. There is even a noticeable percentage that come from other countries. Continued access to rafting provides an important lifeline in California's outdoor-based economy.

Doug remarks. "While we still need to be hoping for continued spring precipitation to remedy the west coast drought, we will be proceeding with our normal offering of 'raft-n-ride' vacations that are the unique signature of California's Marble Mountain Ranch."

To learn more about California's precipitation, vacationers can research data available from the California Department of Water Resources. To inquire about vacation packages from Marble Mountain Ranch, please visit or call 1-800-552-6284.

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