Learn More About the Stanislaus River

The Stanislaus River was a remarkable and unique place in the West – one that catalyzed major, innovative campaigns in the 1970s and 1980s to save it from being flooded by the New Melones Dam. Despite this outpouring of support, the waters of the dam flooded the river in the early 1980s, destroying one of the most popular recreation resources in the U.S. and an ecological treasure. But the story of the Stanislaus and what came out of the campaigns lives beyond the devastation wrought by the reservoir.  (Here are some of the most iconic images and documents on this web site. You can also find these by choosing the Keyword “Special Portfolio” in Advanced Search.)

We’ve got great resources for you to Learn More about the amazing Stanislaus River and its story:

  • Resources – Ways to continue learning about the river, and more
  • Timeline – Interactive graphic of all the events about the River, from the early 1900s to 2016
  • River Log – Interactive graphic of all the places along the Stanislaus River, mile by mile

And, coming soon – Stories from their hearts, what people have to save about the Stanislaus River story.

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