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It’s hard to be in a bad mood when you’re out on the water. Toss in some perfect weather and a few jaw-dropping landscapes and it’s easy to see why California’s lakes and rivers are so popular. Whether you’re skiing over the azure surface of Lake Tahoe or houseboating on Lake Shasta or fishing for Rainbow trout on June Lake, rest assured that you will be surrounded by natural beauty. California’s many rivers—the American, Sacramento, Russian, Merced, Eel, and Klamath, to name just a few—offer

similarly attractive backdrops, along with the added bonus of downstream locomotion. 


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