Ready to enjoy the great outdoors with some time on the river? The Bidwell-Sacramento River SP is a great place to go for a day trip. There are many park day use areas within the park depending on what you are wanting to do.
The main activity at the park is bank or boat fishing. You can find salmon, shad, and steelhead in abundance. If fishing isn’t on the agenda for the day, how about some leisure by cruising down the river in canoes, kayaks, or on inner tubes.
The park day use areas have a little for everyone:
Big Chico Creek Area. At this area of the park you’ll find the lush river habitat as it opens up to a large gravel bar into the Sacramento River. It’s a great place for those looking to spend time with friends and family. You can enjoy fishing, swimming, jet-skis, water-skiing, and sunbathing. This is also one of the main spots where rafts and tubes exit the river.
Irvine Finch River Access. If you’re main objective is boating, this five-acre parking lot and launch ramp is where you’ll want to park and unload for easy access to the Sacramento River. There’s not much space here for kids to run around and play, it’s more of an access point for boats, canoes, and rafting or inner tubes.
Indian Fishery Area. Looking for a romantic spot or the perfect place for some relaxing time in the sun? Indian Fishery is an ox bow lake surrounded with gorgeous oak woodland. What makes this spot so perfect for getting back to nature is its peaceful surroundings. You can picnic, bird watch, hike, or simply take in the wildlife. You can enjoy watching river otters darting thru the water, turtles lounging on fallen tree branches, and herons posing elegantly on shore or looking for fish.
Pine Creek Day Use. This is the perfect family outing location. The kids can enjoy picnicking or finding treasures on the shore while you fish, bird watch, or enjoy the local wildlife. It’s also a great place to begin a leisurely canoe or kayak ride to get some lasting memories of the habitat.
If you want to teach your family how to appreciate nature and appreciate the disappearing riverine habitat, this is a perfect day trip venue. In this small ecosystem, plant and animal communities depend on each other for survival and it’s a great setting to observe and learn.
Summer and spring can be scorching hot while fall and winter can be cool, so make sure to layer especially for early morning dew – it can heat up quick in Chico and you can sunburn easily on the river!
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If for your next outing you’re looking for a more kid-friendly hands-on learning experience, visit the Gateway Science Museum at CSU Chico.