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Sacramento River - Brannan Island State Recreation Area

Sacramento River Kayaking
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Sacramento River Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

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There are more than one thousand miles of intricate waterways to explore on the Sacramento River. This slow-moving river meanders throughout rolling grass-covered hiSacramento River Kayak Fishinglls In the springtime, The lush green hillsides surrounding the Sacramento River in the spring, become dry and brown in the summer.

The Sacramento River begins in Northern California near Castle Craggs State Park. It is the longest river in the state of California. It flows south out of Lake Siskiyou for about 30 miles before mellowing out in Lake Shasta. After Lake Shasta, the Sacramento River slows down and picks up major tributaries on its way to the state capital of Sacramento.

Brannan Island State Recreation Area  is northeast of San Francisco Bay.  There are endless islands and marshes to explore with an abundance of wildlife habitats and superb opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, SUP, kayak fishing, and swimming.

The Sacramento is a major source of irrigation water for a diverse agricultural economy, The warm, calm water and air temperatures in the summer attracts millions of aquatic enthusiasts a year. Jet and waterskiing, sailing and windsurfing are just a few of the water activities popular at the river throughout most of the year.

Memorial Day Weekend 2014 May 24-26th: California 100. The 100-mile paddle race on the Sacramento River  starts under the Sundial Bridge in Redding, CA and finishes near Chico, CA.  The mild climate, sweeping vistas, and easy access points  combine to make this a wonderful venue for paddle sport of all sorts, accommodating the experienced marathoner and the first timer as well.

Kayak Fishing: The river supports four runs of chinook salmon, including the endangered winter-run. More abundant species are the Pacific lamprey, steelhead and rainbow trout, striped bass, green sunfish, bluegill, largemouth and smallmouth bass, Sacramento sucker, shad, and various catfish, minnows, herrings and sturgeon.

Rainbow trout are in abundance at the Sacramento River but they can be finicky about what they will bite. If the water temperature is warm you may have better success trolling for trout than fishing with bait. During the fall is the best time of the year to catch Chinook salmon on the Sacramento River.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 57 60 63 69 76 85 92 91 87 77 62 56
Low 34 37 39 40 44 49 53 52 48 42 37 33

Open: Boating is allowed daily all year, twenty-four hours a day with running lights at night. Brannan Island State Park is open on Wednesday thru Sunday, from sunrise to sunset. Camping is not available on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights.

Fees: There are day use, parking, launch, and camping fees.

Lake Facilities: There is a visitors center, guided tours, a boat launch, boat-in campsites, swimming, windsurfing, power boating, jet and waterskiing, sailing, hiking trails and fishing. Pets are permitted on a leash.  Day use areas include the Windy Cove windsurfing access, the group picnic area located at the Ramadas, and Seven Mile SThe Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Booklough picnic area. The group picnic facility and Seven Mile Slough day use area close at sunset. Windy Cove closes at the hour posted at the entrance road to Windy Cove. In all of these day use areas possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages are prohibited. The shaded picnic structures have barbecues, pinic tables, water and trash receptacles. The closest restroom to the Ramadas is located north of the swim beach along Seven Mile Slough.


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