This area offers visitors campsites, picnic sites, and a launch ramp for small boats.
Riverbank cottonwoods and willows shelter one of the finest fishing stretches in California, with king salmon, steelhead, rainbow trout and striped bass some of the catches.
The river is on a major migratory route for birds of the Pacific flyway and provides home to an amazing number of species.
The River Patwin Indian tribe once lived nearby the area and in 1872 John Muir camped near what is now the park.
Not only is fishing for king salmon, steelhead, rainbow trout and striped bass excellent in this stretch of California’s largest river, but anglers also take consistent catches of catfish, shad, carp and sturgeon. The fall run of salmon is September and October, and the summer run is mid-July through August. The salmon run from November through mid-January may be less productive.The steelhead run is from late August to the end of October; striped bass from April through June; and shad from mid-May to mid-June. A valid California fishing license is required. Consult the latest California Sport Fishing Regulations guide issued by the California Department of Fish and Game for current information.
Bank fishing is easiest from the river’s northwest bank, outside the park, or you can take the trail to the park’s gravel bar/ beach area. You’ll probably be most successful if you fish by boat, searching out the deep holes in the river bed.
En route Campsites
RV Dump Station
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Nature & Wildlife Viewing