AUBURN, Calif. - Anxious rafters, eager to get back on the water have received some welcome news.

The Auburn Journalreported the China Bar access point on the north fork of the American River was opened two months ahead of schedule on Saturday.

The opening was made possible due to a partnership between the Protect American River Canyons (PARC) advocacy group and the Auburn State RecreationArea, wherein PARC agreed to cover any losses incurred by the area during the two-month period.

"We're doing that because we've had a lot of requests from the boating community to get that open, and the businesses that serve that area also. We did meet with state parks, a group of us, and the City of Auburn, and this is a result of that meeting," PARC volunteer Eric Peach told the Journal. "The weather has been good and warm, and the spring flows have been up there so that people can paddle that stretch of river any time during the day, whereas in the summertime, dam releases ... don't come down until about 5 p.m. or so."

China Bar will now be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to sunset for the remainder of the season.

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