U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
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Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area
The Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area (ONA) 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 recreation opportunities for hunting, camping, hiking, boating, picnicking, and wildlife viewing . Download and print the Sacramento River Bend ONA brochure. For detailed directions to the trailheads in the area, visit our trails page.
The Sacramento River (from Balls Ferry to Red Bluff) 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 watercraft, but is usually overgrown with vegetation during the summer months making it challenging for any watercraft. Please see the Sacramento River Bend ONA brochure 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. For more opportunities to get out on a river see our Rivers page.
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. Additional brochures are available through the BLM Redding Field Office.
Paynes Creek Wetlands
Concerns have increased in recent years over population declines of migratory bird species that breed in North America and winter south of the United States - Neotropical Migratory Birds. The BLM recognizes this problem and has created the Payne's Creek Wetlands with the help of partners like California Fish and Game, Bureau of Reclamation, California Wildlife Conservation Board, and Ducks Unlimited in an effort to enhance populations of these birds and other species. The BLM manages this wetland area, located along the Pacific Flyway, to protect and enhance the existing riparian habitat and wildlife communities, as well as provide for recreational use, cultural and natural interpretation, and educational opportunities. Check out the Birds of Bend brochure.
Most attractions along the river can be reached by foot, mountain bike or horseback. Trailheads begin at Hog Lake Plateau, Iron Canyon, the Paynes Creek Recreation Area (Bass Pond), Jelly's Ferry and multiple trailheads surrounding the Paynes Creek Wetlands. The Paynes Creek Wetlands trail systems and Hog Lake Plateau allow for great springtime wildlife viewing. The Yana Trail, with trailheads at Perry Riffle and Jelly's Ferry, is a great way to explore the backcountry. Most trails are rugged and unmarked and encourage self-discovery. Please remember to close any gates behind you after you pass through. Visit our trails page for directions to trailheads in the area.