• 12105 River Rd, Chico, CA 95973
(530) 342-5185
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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.