West Fork Patrols
West Fork San Gabriel River Conservancy
Recreational Dam removal
Patrols meet at the Rincon Station at mile marker 26.4 on Hwy 39 (1/4 mile North of
the OHV Staging Area on Hwy 39) at 8:30AM, departing at 9AM (unless otherwise
noted on the home page).
Patrols generally last between 4-6 hours. No special skills (other than a desire to
leave the place cleaner than you found it) are required. We don't expect you to do
anything dangerous, or anything that you are not comfortable with.
What to bring - You'll need water and a bag lunch. Small coolers are okay and may
be kept in the work trucks. Clothing appropriate for the season, sunscreen, etc...
Foot wear is important! Good hiking boots are ideal, as the terrain can vary from
slippery rocks, to jagged rocks, to sand. If you want to work "in" the water, waders are
a nice addition. Work gloves if you have them (the knit ones with the blue rubber work
surface work great), but we normally keep "clean" loaners if you don't.
What to expect - Patrols are lead by a Patrol Leader in Forest Service Uniform,
carrying a Forest Service Radio. Tools and everything not listed in the "what to bring"
paragraph above will be provided.
We meet at the Rincon Fire Station, leaving extra vehicles locked in it's secure
parking area (which is not accessible to the public). After leaving the Station, we radio
"in service" with Angeles Dispatch, then head for the West Fork parking area on the
river's North shore. We collect loose trash and remove graffiti (where possible) before
moving down the slope to the water. There, we continue with trash and graffiti
removal both in and around the water, while also looking for man made recreational
dams, illegal fire rings and charcoal BBQ's.
Moving across the bridge, we'll drive through the gate on to the West Fork service
road, then continue working along the road and water's edge on the heavily used
South Shore, between HWY 39 and Bear Creek.
From the bridge at Bear Creek, we travel by vehicle upstream seven miles to Cogswell
Dam, contacting Fishermen along the way to insure that they are aware of the area's
special fishing regulations. After a break at Glenn Camp, we'll service the
campground's trash containers, fire rings, etc... Addition work along the river could
include entomology stream sampling, checking water temps, clearing brush around
the handicap fishing platforms, or manning a fishing information canopy at the start of
the special regulations area.
Roadside trash is collected on the way out and delivered to the Rincon Station for it's
trip to the landfill. Patrols conclude at the Rincon Station, where we complete Forest
Service Patrol Reports and radio "out of service".
Fishing Information Canopy