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Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area
Horseback riders in the Sacramento River Bend 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
Mountain bike rider at Freitas Point on the Hornbeck Trail
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
Drift boat fisherman on the 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
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 low-impact gold panning and sluicing by permit obtainable from the Redding Field Office. If you are interested in camping there are sites along the creek that offer great creek 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.

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Special Recreation Permit
If you are interested in any activity that requires a Special Recreation Permit such as commercial use, competitive events, organized group events, or special area use please click on the link above or call the Redding Field Office Recreation Staff at 530-224-2100.  If you decide to apply for a permit, please contact BLM-Redding prior to applying to discuss your application.  Please make sure that you can turn in your application at least 180 days prior to the event or activity.  More or less time may be needed to work on your application. 

Bureau of Land Management
Redding Field Office
6640 Lockheed Drive
Redding, CA 96002
Phone: (530) 224-2100
Fax: (530) 224-2172
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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