A 349-acre park on the border of Butte and Glenn Counties, Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park was established in 1979. It is a popular destination for river access and all kinds of outdoor activities. The park is a beautiful area largely untouched and undeveloped.
This allows the park to remain natural and beautiful; the area is full of large shade trees like old oaks and cottonwoods and an abundance of diverse wildlife that is constantly changing. With easy access to the river, fishing, boating, and floating are common activities at the beautiful Bidwell-Sacramento State Park.
The park is open year-round, but is only usable during the day, and camping is prohibited. However, there are other nearby camping spots available. There are several day use areas, including Indian Fishery, Big Chico Creek, Pine Creek, and Irvine Finch. Reservations are not available online.
The park has picnic areas, barbecues, and even vault toilets for convenient bathroom access. The fishing on the river is excellent; the river is populated with steelhead trout, shad, salmon, and even sturgeon. Alcohol and glass bottles are not allowed in the park between April 1 and October 1, to discourage accidents on the river over the summer floating and boating season.
Pets are permitted within the park, but must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet in length and must be under control at all times. There are several trails, both paved (handicap accessible) and unpaved, that you can hike with your dog, but your pet must be kept on a leash at all times. There are no waste bags provided, and pet owners should be responsible and pick up after their pets and themselves.
Keeping trails and picnic areas clean keeps the park nice for other guests. Leaving behind litter or pet waste not only ruins the park for other visitors, but may also negatively affect the wildlife and ecosystem along the river.
In Northern California, the Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park is a popular destination for all your summer outdoor activities, from barbecues and picnics to fishing and floating.