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Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park

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Just outside Chico, about 50 miles south of Redding in north central California.
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The main activity to be enjoyed at Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park is bank or boat fishing for salmon, steelhead and shad. The next most popular activity is "cruising down the river" on inner tubes, canoes, or kayaks.

This park preserves a fine example of a disappearing natural resource - the riverine habitat. The river’s various landscapes display great scenic beauty and constant change. Massive oaks and cottonwoods give the dense shade needed for the survival of cool-water creatures. Thick understories of elderberry, wild grape, blackberry, wild rose and numerous perennials provide shelter to a diversified wildlife population.

Hours + Fees

Day use only


Modern Restrooms
Picnic Area(s)


Additional Details:
Indian Fishery Day Use Area
Indian Fishery is an oxbow lake surrounded by a beautiful oak woodland. This is a wonderful area to picnic, bird watch, fish, hike or simply enjoy the abundant wildlife. It is common to observe river otters darting through the water, turtles basking on a fallen tree or herons stalking a meal. Visit Indian Fishery and enjoy the grandeur of massive oaks and the rapidly disappearing river habitat.

Big Chico Creek Day Use Area
This area of the park is characterized by lush river habitat that opens up to a large gravel bar that fronts the Sacramento River. Here park visitors fish, swim, jet-ski, water-ski and sun bathe. This is also the exit for many river rafts and tubes.

Pine Creek Day Use Area
Pine Creek is a popular location for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking and bird and wildlife watching. Those entering Pine Creek with a canoe or kayak can get a close look at some of the last vestiges of riparian habitat.

Irvine Finch River Access
This five-acre parking lot and launch ramp affords the park visitor an easy way to access the Sacramento River for boating, canoeing or floating on inner tubes down the Sacramento River.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From Chico, take West Sacramento Ave. 5 miles until it intersects with River Road. Big Chico Creek is to the left, Indian Fishery straight ahead and Pine Creek is to the right. Irvine Finch River Access is located just west of the Hwy. 32 Sacramento River Bridge.

From I-5 take the Highway 32 exit at Orland. Irvine Finch River Access is just East of Hamilton City. To access the rest of the park proceed East on Highway 32 and turn right on River Road.

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