American River Parkway - Sacramento Bar


Each season Sacramento Bar river access adds a special touch to the uniqueness of the American River Parkway, located just across from the Lower Sunrise Recreation Area.

Fast Facts:

  • Sacramento Bar is a popular spot along the river year-round. Winter and autumn find salmon fishermen elbow-to-elbow in the chilly water.
  • Summer finds legions of rafters drifting past the San Juan Rapids past picnicking families.
  • Spring brings wildflowers, animals and nature-seeking hikers to the area.

How to Get There:

From U.S. Highway 50, take the Sunrise Blvd. off-ramp. Head north to Fair Oaks Blvd. Make a left on Fair Oaks, then an immediate left onto Pennsylvania Avenue. The kiosk is at the end of Pennsylvania Avenue, just past Magnolia Street.

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  • Hikers can tromp about in the nature study area. Keep an eye
    on the ground to find the tracks of raccoon and deer!
  • Picnickers can gaze at the river while enjoying a lunch at the picnic area.
  • Fishing may be the biggest attraction to Sacramento Bar. During the early
    fall, anglers sometimes line up elbow-to-elbow along the Jim Jones bridge,
    a bridge that connects pedestrians and bicyclists to both Sacramento Bar
    and Lower Sunrise parks. Or they can try their luck and their lures in the
    fishing ponds located west of the park entrance.

Hours and Fees:

The park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Parking fees are collected
year-round, even on special event days and on weekends.

Park Fees:

  • $7 Vehicle
  • $13 Vehicles with Trailer (ex. Boat or Horse) or RV​
  • $28 Bus
  • Vehicle fees increase over Summer Holiday Weekends.

Special Event fees vary by event.
Self-payment is required if no fee collector is present.

Picnics Allowed: Yes

Additional Information:

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