The perfect way to explore the Napa River

Drew Dickson, owner of Napa Valley Paddle, located inside Napa River Velo, gets a far away look when asked what makes paddle boarding so appealing.  “You get a sense of freedom on a board. Just you, the board, and the water. It’s a strong connection to the tides and wind.”

Dickson fully appreciates being so close to the Napa River. “We’re fortunate to have the river environment in our backyard. No better way to experience it than riding the tides on a stand up paddle board.”

Read more: “Napa Valley Paddle” by Craig Smith, Napa Valley Market Place, August 2017

Support these worthy groups

From the Napa Valley Register, by Steve Orndorf:

… the county’s Wildlife Conservation Commission is privileged to distribute grant money to organizations that contribute to improving our local environmental conditions and to educating everyone on the importance of the related issues. Money comes to the commission as a result of Fish and Wildlife violation-related fines, occasional fines leveled by our courts for environmental-related landowner violations, and periodic additional funding from the county’s general fund.

Friends of the Napa River is one of the six groups to whom money was recently granted.

Click here to see brief descriptions of what these groups are doing with that money.


Stanly Lane Spur Trail Grant Approved

Property Owners, Agencies, Volunteers at Stanly Lane

Great news! The City’s grant application to fund planning for the completion of the trail from the end of Stanley Lane out to the Napa River has been approved! FONR helped drive this process by facilitating meetings, helping with grant writing, rounding up letters of support, and providing lots of encouragement to the City and ABAG.

Napa River Dredging Project

Update: the dredging period was extended due to a series of complications, but is now complete. Here are a few photos.

12 July 2016: In cooperation with the Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) presented the latest plans for dredging the Napa River to maintain the navigable channel south of the Third Street Bridge in Napa to American Canyon and Vallejo. Continue reading “Napa River Dredging Project”

Oxbow Commons – Flood Bypass: From the Napa Valley Register

Long in coming, downtown flood bypass wins praise

August 04, 2015 4:45 pm  • 

Bring on the big, drought-breaking storms. The Napa downtown flood control bypass is ready for action.

About 200 people came out on a cool, cloudy Tuesday morning for the dedication of the $18.5 million bypass. They gathered under the concrete bridge that carries the Napa Valley Wine Train, some sitting on concrete blocks designed to slow the speed of floodwaters. More…

New bypass will do double-duty as park and flood protection

August 03, 2015 2:00 pm  • 

When officials gather Tuesday morning to dedicate the Oxbow flood bypass, they will be celebrating an oddly shaped strip of land — a quarter-mile long, 300 feet wide and 10 feet deep — that also doubles as a 10-acre city park.

It’s this recreational potential that 10 years ago energized Friends of the Napa River, a local advocacy group, to make sure the Army Corps of Engineers wouldn’t build a huge concrete, trapezoid ditch.

The finished product, funded by the Army Corps to the tune of $18.5 million of federal money, is a hybrid of sorts. More…

New bypass clean up team

Various groups came together on Sunday, Aug. 2, to clean up trash near the Napa River Dry Bypass. Groups represented included the Friends of the Napa River, the city of Napa, Napa County Flood Control District and Napa Valley CanDo. More…