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Northern California District
Release Date: 07/15/13
Contacts: Bill Kuntz (530) 224-2100    
  Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332    
News Release No. CA-N-13-76

Improvements Completed at Battle Creek Boating Access Area

Outdoor enthusiasts who use the Battle Creek area for hiking and water sports will find new amenities, with the recent completion of parking area renovations, a new trail and toilet facilities.

The Bureau of Land Management and California State Parks' Department of Boating and Waterways cooperated on the project funded by DBW's water access fund. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife also cooperated in renovating the river access site.

"This is a great place to launch a kayak or canoe and paddle out into the Sacramento River for an enjoyable float," said Bill Kuntz, an outdoor recreation planner with the BLM Redding Field Office. "A good takeout point is eight-and-a-half miles downstream at the Jelly's Ferry boat ramp. It's a gentle float, considered Class 1-2 whitewater level of difficulty."

Kuntz noted that fishing is not allowed in Battle Creek to protect salmon runs.

BLM Redding Field Manager Jennifer Mata credited CDBW for funding, engineering and design of the Battle Creek access site improvements. She said BLM and the state agency will continue cooperating on site maintenance.

The Battle Creek site is within the Sacramento River Outstanding Natural Area north of Red Bluff. It provides valuable wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities including access to the Sacramento River and tributary streams, trails, hunting and fishing. To get there, take the Jelly's Ferry Road exit off I-5 about 4 miles north of Red Bluff, and then take Jelly's Ferry Road 14 miles north to Battle Creek. The river access is on the north bank.

Information is available at, under the "Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area" link.


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Last updated: 07-15-2013