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Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area
The Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area is a valuable historic and natural resource that presents many recreational and educational opportunities. From the lush riparian areas surrounding the Sacramento River and it's tributaries to the expanse of the rolling hills of blue oak savannah, the Sacramento River Bend ONA offers diverse habitat for bald eagles, osprey, migratory and song birds, deer, and salmon. The area also offers numerous opportunities for recreation such as hunting, camping, hiking, boating, picnicking, and wildlife viewing.
Redding Area Recreation
There are endless opportunities for hiking, biking, and horseback riding on the extensive network of non-motorized trails surrounding the Redding area. There are miles of dirt single-track at Swasey Recreation Area and along Keswick Reservoir and the Sacramento River Rail Trail is an 11 mile paved trail connecting the river trail in Redding to Shasta Dam. If motorcycles, quads and jeeps are more your style, head to the Chappie-Shasta Off-Highway Vehicle Area. For those that prefer boating or fishing, try the cool waters of Keswick Reservoir. The Clear Creek Greenway offers abundant wildlife viewing opportunities and scenery along the trail.
Wild and Scenic Trinity River
Popular with fisherman and pleasure boaters alike, the Wild and Scenic Trinity River from Lewiston to Pigeon Point is a class I and II segment that flows out of the Trinity and Lewiston Lakes. This clear, cold section of the river is world famous for its fly fishing. If you would like more adrenaline rush, the waters below Pigeon Point rage at class III-V. Relax at one of the campgrounds in the area or if you would like to stay at the river's edge, you can always swim, fish or do a little gold panning.
Forks of Butte Creek
Twenty five miles Northeast of Chico, the beautiful Forks of Butte Recreation Area has trails through steep pine and fir covered canyons. This area offers free low-impact gold panning. If you are interested in camping there are sites to reserve along the creek that offer great panning access. Trails follow steep canyon walls; vegetation overstory is primarily mixed Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir and Madrone. Discharge of firearms is prohibited in this area, except for shooting legal game during legal hunting seasons.