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California Snowpack Has River Outfitters Looking Forward to 2011 Rafting Season 

ANGELS CAMP, CA – March 22, 2011 – The California Department of Water Resources (CDWR) is reporting an above average snowpack in the Sierra which has river outfitter O.A.R.S. getting ready for an exciting, extended season of thrill-stacked whitewater rafting. This year’s snowpack is expected to produce higher water levels, faster flows, bigger rapids, and a longer-than-average California rafting season. The Tuolumne River’s late May and early June season is expected to provide the highest flows of the year, and some of the most exciting whitewater rafting conditions in California’s recent history.

CDWR hydrologists recently confirmed that the water content of California’s mountain snowpack is 124 percent of normal for mid-March. Recent late-winter storms have dumped more than eight feet of snow in parts of the Sierra, and with more snow predicted, the month of March is more than making up for a dry January and early February. “We appear to be on a good water supply track as we move toward summer’s peak demand period,” said DWR Director Mark Cowin. The 2011 season will mark California’s second consecutive year of above average spring snowpack and some outfitters are predicting the best water in more than a decade.

Due to this year’s snowpack, current market conditions, continued interest in close-to-home adventures, and emerging trends toward shorter but more frequent vacations, O.A.R.S. President & Founder, George Wendt is expecting 2011 to be “the best California rafting season since 1983”. Steve Markle, O.A.R.S. Director of Sales & Marketing had this to say; “With a substantial snowpack and the fact that more California residents are seeking active, high adventure vacations closer to home, we anticipate a record California rafting season.”

O.A.R.S., California’s leading provider of whitewater rafting and adventure travel, offers trips on seven California rivers, including the North Fork of the Stanislaus through Calaveras Big Trees State Park, the Merced and Tuolumne rivers near Yosemite National Park, the North Fork and Middle Fork of the American River near Auburn, as well as family-friendly adventures on the South Fork of the American River near Sacramento and the Lower Klamath River in Northern California. O.A.R.S. operates in California from April through September with river trips that range from high adventure for adrenaline junkies to gentle floats suitable for children as young as four years.

Since 1969 O.A.R.S. has set the standard in first-class rafting, sea kayaking and multi-sport vacations, with destinations and unparalleled experiences on over 35 rivers and coastlines of the world.  O.A.R.S. caters to active travelers of all ages and abilities with more than 75 unique itineraries worldwide, including one-day and weekend escapes.  For more information on O.A.R.S. eco-friendly adventures visit www.oars.com, email the company at info@oars.com or call 1-800-346-6277.

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O.A.R.S. is an author ized concessioner of Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Grand Te ton National Parks and Dinosaur National Monument.
Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

Questions about trips or making reservations? Contact info@oars.com or call 800-346-6277 in the USA or Canada or 1-209-736-4677 if outside the USA or Canada.
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