Cosumnes Catfish LbNA # 46260
|Placed Date||Mar 29 2009|
|Last Found||May 23 2009|
The Cosumnes is a small river, a mere 80 miles long, and is the last free-flowing river from the mighty Sierra Nevada Mountains into the Great Central Valley.. Its headwaters in the El Dorado National Forest rise at only 8,000' above sea level. From mostly rain, but also snow melt, the river's water meanders from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Central Valley, just south of Sacramento. The lower Cosumnes River offers excellent flat water canoeing and kayaking opportunities during most of the year.
From the Consumnes River Preserve visitor center, pick up either a kayaking map, or walking trail map.
On the Kayaking map, you'll be looking for the first take-out spot on the map after the put in - the junction of the Cosumnes and the Tihuechemne Slough. From the river, you'll recognize it by the three cement benches looking out over the junction.
If you're walking the 3-mile roundtrip path through the reserve, the box will be at point 13 on the map ("the Point.")
Once you're at the point, with your Kayak pulled on shore, walk to the three benches and check out the view. Then turn around and face the main trail (facing west) and walk back along the Cosumnes about 100 feet. The Cosumnes Catfish (cosumnus catus) is in the base of an old snag, behind some bark. Be mindful of poison oak & please rehide well.
When you find it, let us know how its doing!