A Voice for the Sacramento River System Since 1984

Sacramento River Water Trail

Boat Ramp at Sycamore Grove in Red Bluff on the Sacramento River

Project Info

Project Description

Paddle Cal


A new resource to assist in safely enjoying the Sacramento River by boat and paddle-craft from Redding to Colusa. This new waterproof guide will focus on publicly accessible launches, lands, islands, camping facilities, biological resources, key riverine features, and more! The project is supported by a full support grant from the National Park Service Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance program and the generous support of Sacramento River Preservation Trust members and sponsors.  The project is guided by the Core Planning Team which is made up of representatives from key stakeholders and headed by the Sacramento River Preservation Trust’s executive director.


The guide is being worked on NOW! Print date for the final guide is set for August of 2018. Versions and drafts of the guide over the three reaches will be released between 2016-2018. Reach 1: Redding – Red Bluff is the first to be drafted and finalized. Reach 2: Red Bluff – Chico will be the second reach to be drafted and finalized, followed by Reach 3: Chico – Colusa.


Have Fun, Be Safe, Learn Something! The Sacramento River is the jewel of California’s rivers and has very limited mapping resources. We want the public to be able to access the thousands of acres of public lands that have been purchased, protected, and in some cases restored to natural habitat. Getting to these locations while having fun, being safe (wearing a PFD, etc.), and learning about the resources, history, and towns along the way, is crucial to enhancing economic viability within the Sacramento River Watershed and helps to ensure an enjoyable experience for adventurers.


This guide is for you, locals, guides, tourists, children, and the natural resources of the Sacramento River upon within we all depend.


The Sacramento River Preservation Trust is currently working with the National Park Service Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance program, in coordination with our watershed stakeholders, to create the Sacramento River Blue Trail & Adventure Guide (SRBT).  We will produce the best go-to maps of the wild and majestic Sacramento River for all users and stakeholders to enjoy.

The first phase of this project will create a physical map from Redding, at Diestlehorst Pasture River Access point and/or Turtle Bay Boat Ramp, to the Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area and or Lovey’s Landing in Colusa.

The maps will leverage our past mapping and partner resources – i.e., Department of Boating and Waterways Boating Trail Guides from Redding to Woodson Bridge, Woodson Bridge to Colusa, and Mitchell Wyss’  A Naturalist Guide to the Sacramento River.

Please check back regularly to see what is happening with the Sac River Blue Trail, and sign up as a volunteer or become a member, if you would like to be a part of this amazing effort. Also, please join us on our Paddle California paddle adventures to experience this amazing piece of water for yourself.

More about BLUE TRAILS from American Rivers
A Blue Trail is a waterway adopted by a local community that is dedicated to improving family-friendly recreation such as fishing, boating, and wildlife watching, and conserving land and water resources.

Just as hiking trails are designed to help people explore the land, Blue Trails help people discover their rivers and provide communities with a host of benefits:

Protect the environment. Blue Trails galvanize citizen support for clean water and healthy riverside lands. They inspire people to protect important habitat and provide corridors for people and wildlife.  While specific protections vary from community to community, Blue Trails are often associated with conservation easements, land acquisition, stream buffer requirements, stream flow protections, and higher water quality standards.

Enhance local economies. Blue Trails are economic drivers that benefit businesses and quality of life. According to The Outdoor Foundation, 113 million Americans enjoy fishing, paddling, and trail activities yearly, generating 1.6 million jobs and $20 billion in state and federal revenue.

Promote healthy living. Exercise is important for maintaining good health in all stages of life, however many people do not regularly exercise. Blue Trails provide a safe, inexpensive avenue for regular exercise for people living in urban, suburban, and rural areas.

Preserve history and community identity. Blue Trails have the power to connect us to our heritage by preserving historic places and providing access to them. Through these cultural, historic and natural places, Blue Trails enhance a sense of community identity and pride.

Connect people and places. Blue Trails connect urban and rural communities to parks, forests, and refuges. Through them, we create a valuable legacy that honors the past, enriches the present, and provides a precious gift to the future.

American Rivers is the only national organization helping communities create Blue Trails. Find out how we work on blue trails and why blue trails are important. American River Blue Trail Page


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