Mineral Bar Campground Improvements


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Mineral Bar Campground Improvements
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Improve facilities at Mineral Bar Campground within Auburn State Recreation Area to accommodate increased visitation, improve recreational opportunities, and improve accessibility. Work will use heavy equipment and hand tools to complete the following improvements: At the Campground Entrance: • Level the ground and add approximately 20-30 cubic yards of fill and cover the fill slope with river rock backing; • Pour a 24 foot by 20-foot concrete slab to install a prefabricated 14 foot by 10-foot kiosk; • Excavate two (2) 4 foot deep by 2-foot-wide holes and move an existing gate southward towards Iowa Hill Road; and • Remove one (1) Redbud tree. In the Camp Sites: • Excavate sixteen (16) 6-inch-wide by 12-inch-deep holes and install a pressure treated post in each hole to serve as permanent campsite markers. For the Front Camp Loop: • Grade and fill a 12-foot wide by 20-foot-long section of road to connect the front camp loop road to Iowa Hill Road to enable one-way traffic only; • Relocate existing boulders; and • Excavate two (2) 4 foot wide by 2-foot-deep holes and install a hanger post and strike post and install a new exit gate. In the Day Use Area: • Place up to four (4) new concrete picnic tables throughout the area. At the Interpretive Center: • Restripe to convert an existing parking space into an ADA parking spot; and • Excavate twelve (12) 2 foot by 2-foot holes and install six (6) cement benches (2 holes for each bench). Project will avoid the river corridor, riparian, adjacent montane woodland, and chaparral habitats. Project construction will be conducted outside of the nesting bird season and during favorable weather conditions.

Contact Information

Jim Micheaels
Agency Name
Department of Parks & Recreation
Job Title
Senior Park & Recreation Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
Other Location Info
Auburn State Recreation Area

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class: 1, 3 & 4; Section 15301, 15303 & 15304
Reasons for Exemption
Project consists of the operation, maintenance and minor alteration of existing public or private structures or facilities involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond current levels, included as “Modification of existing facilities for disabled access” in the Department of Parks and Recreation’s list of exempt activities in accordance with CCR §15300.4; construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures; installation of small structure; and minor public or private alterations in the condition of land and vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees.


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