As Fourth of July approaches, people are heading to the area’s waterways to stay cool, but some are avoiding the most dangerous spots on the American River.
On Sunday, many people were cooling off at Lake Natoma – a calmer portion of the river near Folsom.
“As you can see here, they have the swimming holes for the children and that’s where it’s all calm,” said Shane Nischke. “And you can see where everybody else is kayaking, it’s great out there — there’s nothing roaring through here.”
The Nischke family came all the way from Auburn to enjoy this spot, even though there are plenty of rivers where they’re from.
“It’s just dangerous,” he said, referring to those rivers. “For the last three years, this is the place I come with my children because it’s the safest.”
Nischke is familiar with the dangers of the American River because he lost a close friend in a drowning incident on the river.
“He was out on a trail and then he fell in right in the rapids and the undertow took him and wrapped him up around a log,” he said. “He couldn’t get out, and therefore, his life was ended that day.”
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