Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park
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Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park

At the Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park, you can enjoy a variety of outdoor water recreation activities across the park's 349 acres. Drop a line for bank or boat fishing for salmon, steelhead, and shad, or grab your inner tubes, canoes, or kayaks and cruise down the river with friends.

Day Use Areas

Choose from multiple access spots, including:

  • Indian Fishery Day Use Area: Great place to picnic, bird watch, fish, hike or simply enjoy the wildlife that abounds in the ox bow lake
  • Big Chico Creek Day Use Area: Here park visitors fish, swim, jet-ski, water-ski and sun bathe. This is also the location where many river rafts and tubes exit the river.
  • Pine Creek Day Use Area: Popular location for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, hiking and bird and wildlife watching. Those entering with a canoe or kayak can get a close look at some of the last vestiges of riparian habitat.
  • Irvine Finch River Access: Five acre parking lot and launch ramp affords the park visitor an easy way to access the Sacramento River for boating, canoeing or floating down the river on inner tubes.

Check out their park brochure for more info and a detailed map.

Leave No Trace

Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants. Learn more about Leave No Trace principles.


From Chico, take West Sacramento Ave. 5 miles until it intersects with River Road. Big Chico Creek is to the left, Indian Fishery straight ahead and Pine Creek is to the right. Irvine Finch River Access is located just west of the Hwy. 32 Sacramento River Bridge.

From I-5 take the Highway 32 exit at Orland. Irvine Finch River Access is just East of Hamilton City. To access the rest of the park proceed East on Highway 32 and turn right on River Road.

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