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Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park

Cliffs surrounding Big Chico Creek, Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park.
Location Butte County, California
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation

Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park is a California state park located in Butte County.

The main activity to be enjoyed at the park is bank or boat fishing for salmon, steelhead and shad. The next popular activity is "cruising down the river" on inner tubes, canoes or kayaks.

This park preserves a fine example of a disappearing natural resource - the riverine habitat. The river’s various landscapes display great scenic beauty and constant change. The riparian plant and animal communities here depend strongly on each other. Massive oaks and cottonwoods give the dense shade needed for the survival of cool-water creatures. Thick understories of elderberry, wild grape, blackberry, wild rose and numerous perennials provide shelter to a diversified wildlife population. The park offers a great setting for observing and learning about the riparian community.

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Indian Fishery day use area

Indian Fishery is an oxbow lake surrounded by a beautiful oak woodland. This is a wonderful area to picnic, bird watch, fish, hike or simply enjoy the wildlife that abounds in the ox bow lake. It is common to observe river otters darting through the water, turtles basking on a fallen tree or herons stalking a meal. Visit Indian Fishery and enjoy the grandeur of massive oaks and the rapidly disappearing river habitat.

Big Chico Creek day use area

This area of the park is characterized by lush river habitat that opens up to a large gravel bar that fronts the Sacramento River. Here park visitors fish, swim, jet ski, water ski and sun bathe. This is also the location that many river rafts and tubes exit the river.

Pine Creek day use area

Pine Creek is a popular location for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking and bird and wildlife watching. Those entering Pine Creek with a canoe or kayak can get a close look at some of the last vestiges of riparian habitat.

Irvine Finch river access

This five acre (20,000 m²) parking lot and launch ramp affords the park visitor an easy way to access the Sacramento River for boating, canoeing or floating on inner tubes down the Sacramento River.

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