Come to the 28th Annual Truckee River Day and Fair on October 15th!


  • Let us know your project preferences and if you are part of a group.
  • We will do our best to place you in your first choice project, but ask you to be flexible.
  • If you are part of a group, please register early.
  • The week before Truckee River Day, we will email you with information about your project – the work you will be doing, where you will meet, and what you need to wear and bring.



Be part of what started it all. It was that first Truckee River Day in 1996 that spawned today’s Truckee River Watershed Council. Since then thousands of nature-lovers have shown up yearly with their gumboots, buckets, shovels and smiles to take on 100s of restoration projects throughout the watershed.

Work along side your friends – and make new ones – as together we repair and restore our watershed. Restoration projects begin at 9am and 11am and are open for all ages and abilities. Truckee River Day projects are designed to boost the benefits of large-scale restoration construction that has been completed in recent years. Activities like spreading native seed, planting willows, mulching, building beaver dams, improving trails and stabilizing streambanks help to recharge groundwater, increase moisture to vegetation that supports critical habitat, and keeps water flowing in our streams later into the dry season.

For example, after our project work and Truckee River Day volunteer efforts in Martis Valley, the effects of that restoration effort are ragingly clear. We can now observe a multi-thread channel system in what was once a straight, single channel. There are backwater ponds, new willows moving in, and sagebrush moving out — excellent indicators of increased hydrologic function and wetland habitat area for sensitive wildlife species and for the enjoyment of our outdoor community! This Truckee River Day, you have the opportunity to contribute to projects just like this one.

Join us at the Truckee River Fair. Hosted at Granite Flat Campground just 1 mile south of Truckee on Highway 89 from 1-4pm. The Truckee River Fair is a great opportunity for the whole family to get outside for some live music, art projects, educational opportunities, food, drinks and fun on the Truckee River! Presented in partnership with Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships.

Truckee River Day Fast Facts

When:Rain or shine on Sunday, October 15th!
Start times at 9am or 11am until approximately 2:30pm
Where:Various locations throughout the watershed. Specific sites announced mid-September.
Registration:Opens September 13, 2023
Contact:Michele Prestowitz at 530.550.8760 x4 or


Take a self-guided tour of 10 past Truckee River Day projects! Download your map here

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Please watch our safety video in preparation for having an excellent Truckee River Day volunteer experience!

Thank you to the donors of the Truckee River Watershed Council for their support

Registration ends Wednesday, October 11th