American River Parkway - Paradise Beach


Paradise Beach is located near California State University, Sacramento, on a oxbow bend in the river which creates a cove where cautious swimmers and skimmers can play. The park is a popular destination for swimming families and young adults.

Fast Facts:

  • Alcohol is prohibited year-round at Paradise Beach

How to Get There:

From U.S. 50, take the Howe Ave. off-ramp, heading north. Make a left on Fair Oaks Blvd., then a right on Carlson Drive. You will find Paradise Beach at the intersection of Carlson and Sandburg Drives, over the levee from Glen Hall Park.


  • The most popular activity at Paradise Beach is swimming, although that activity takes place at  the swimmer’s own risk.
  • Nearby Glenn Hall Park, a City of Sacramento park, offers supervised swimming at the public pool.
  • In the off-season, fishing is popular at Paradise Beach.

Hours and Fees:

  • ​The park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset.
  • Walk-in access, and no entry fees are collected.​

Picnics Allowed: Yes

Additional Information:

Not at this time ​