California-Nevada Chapter
Oregon-California Trails Association

The California-Nevada Chapter is one of eleven chapters of the Oregon-California Trails Association, an organization dedicated to the preservation, appreciation and enjoyment of all transmigration trails to the west, the trails that made the United States an ocean-to-ocean nation.


A Bonanza of Trails


The California Emigrant Trail and Cutoffs

Oregon-California Trails Association National Convention

Video Preview of 2015 Convention

Harveys Lake Tahoe

September 21 -25, 2015

33rd Annual National Convention
Public is Welcome to Attend

2 & 4 Wheel Drive Pre-Convention Tours

All Day Bus Tours

Donner Memorial State Park-Truckee River Route
Carson River Route-Johnson Cutoff Loop
Coloma-Placerville, El Dorado County Museum

All-Day Hike
Hawley Grade/Luther Pass


Other Activities

Speakers: Topics varied as fur traders, pioneer women, the Carson River Route, J. Goldsborough Bruff, Sutter's Fort, Nisenan Indians, Donner-Reed Wagon Party and history of people and places on and along the California Trail and its opening and its cutoffs.

Workshops, Special Events, Book Venders, Author's Night, Exhibits and More

Registration Booklet


2015 Activities

Convention Planning Meetings

The Ridge Golf and Country Club
2020 Golf Course Rd.
Auburn, CA
10am -4pm


January 19
March 23
June 8
July 13

Aug. 24

Convention Planning Meeting

Oxford Inn
Chico, CA


May 1

Spring Symposium and General

Oxford Inn
Chico, CA



April 30 & May 2


OCTA National Convention

Stateline, Nevada


September 21 – 25

Johnson's Cutoff Mapping Team Field Dates

April 27 & 29
May 26 & 27
August 3 & 4
October 13 & 14

Beckwourth Mapping Team Field Dates


April 13-14
May 11-12
June 15-16
Aug. 10-11
Oct. 19-20


E-Mail for more information about activities

The latest issue of Trail Talk can now be found in the
members only pages.

New - Summer 2015 Issue

Contact for the members only password.


Watch a Video of Helicopter Power Pole Installation on the Carson River Route in Carson Canyon
by Pedro Kinner

Watch John Winner, Chapter President, describe the Chapter Activities of 2012

California-Nevada Chapter - Activities of 2012

a video by Dee Owens

Watch Frank Tortorich tell the story of Melissa Coray

One Woman - Melissa Coray and the Mormon Battalion

a film by Mark Russell

Watch Larry Schmidt talk about Mark Twain

Mark Twain on the Johnson's Cutoff

a film by Dee Owens

Watch Passport in Time Project

Carson River Route





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