River Recreation (Boating and Kayaking)
Whether you want to watch for wildlife, paddle a canoe, take whitewater ride, hike along the shore or search for the perfect fishing hole to scoop up the biggest salmon ever seen, the Sacramento, Trinity, and Klamath Rivers are great places to relax and enjoy your public lands.
Sacramento River Boating Access
The Sacramento River in Shasta and Tehama counties is in pristine condition and provides public access to fisherman and pleasure boaters just minutes form I-5. From Balls Ferry to Red Bluff, the Sacramento River is served by a variety of developed boat ramps and primitive river access sites. Public boat ramps are available at Balls Ferry, Bend Bridge Park, and Lake Red Bluff Recreation Area. Jelly's Ferry, Barge Hole, and Perry Riffle (walk in only) offer primitive launch sites. The boat ramp at Reading Island can be used by small watercrafts, but is usually overgrown with vegetation during the summer months making it challenging for any watercraft. The BLM has created 100 acres of wetlands, and maintains 600 acres of nesting habitat for shorebirds and waterfowl. Public lands provide habitat for a diversity of wildlife including the bald eagle, fairy shrimp, and river otter. The river, along with tributaries, Paynes Creek and Battle Creek, support four runs of salmon, which includes two federally listed endangered species: winter run chinook salmon and spring run chinook salmon. Please see the map for specific locations and directions. "A Boating Trail Guide to the Sacramento River from Redding to Red Bluff" is also available along with other information about BLM lands within the region at BLM's Redding Field Office.
Go "Beyond the Brochure" and take a float trip down the Sacramento River, in this video feature.
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Sacramento River Boating Information
This flyer gives some basic information to those wishing to float or paddle their way down the majestic Sacramento River from Balls Ferry to Woodson Bridge. A map is included as part of the brochure. The Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area brochure and map has more information about the area surrounding this section of the Sacramento River. River access points are shown on the map. Additional brochures are available through the BLM Redding Field Office.
Trinity River Boating Access
Near the fishing resort town of Lewiston, the Nationally recognized Wild and Scenic Trinity River emerges clear and cold from Clair Engle Lake and Lewiston Lake into a mountain valley. Soon the valley narrows and the Trinity looks like other famous fly fishing streams from a catalog. Below Douglas City the river changes to a broad canyon surrounded by mountains. Boating difficulty remains consistent with class I and II rapids, gravel bars, brush hazards and fallen trees. Trinity County has an abundance of camping places Steel Bridge, Douglas City and Junction City campgrounds are on the river. Downstream of Steiner Flat, you can choose your own unimproved site. The Trinity River (from Lewiston Lake to Pigeon Point) has many access points and other facilities. Please see the map for specific locations and directions. More information about BLM lands within the region is available at BLM's Redding Field Office.
Trinity River Boating Information
This flyer gives some basic information to those wishing to float or paddle their way down the beautiful Trinity River from from Lewiston Lake to Pigeon Point. View or print a map of the area. Additional brochures are available through the BLM Redding Field Office.
Klamath River Boating Access
Just south of the Oregon Border, BLM's Stateline boat ramp and primitive campground is used as a take-out point on the Klamath River for the 17 mile stretch of class I-V whitewater upriver. For more information including permitted guides on this whitewater run see the BLM Klamath Falls Field Office website.
Clear Creek Kayaking
Experienced kayakers can put their skills to the test on Clear Creek between Whiskeytown and the Clear Creek Road bridge. This stretch through a scenic canyon is usually run in the fall or winter, and flows are dependent on Whiskeytown dam release. Please be advised that this run contains many class IV rapids and one class V rapid.
Bureau of Land Management
Redding Field Office
355 Hemsted 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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