American River Parkway - Sailor Bar


Sailor Bar is a park with a lot of history and wonderful present day opportunities. Settled by gold-seeking sailors, this park was dredged for gold during the Gold Rush. Today, visitor activities such as rafting, fishing, horseback riding and nature gazing, have replaced the adventures of historic explorers. 

Please note, this site will be closed to vehicles effective 9/14/09 until further notice.

Fast Facts:

  • Legend has it that Sailor Bar is so named because a sailor
    jumped ship to stake his claim during the Gold Rush.

How to Get There:

From U.S. 50, exit onto Hazel Avenue. Make a left at Winding Way, then another left on Illinois Avenue. The park entrance will be at the bottom of a small hill.

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  • Sailor Bar is a very popular launching spot for small watercraft and rafts. A gravel road provides launch access.
  • An equestrian trail weaves through the park, while access to the Jedediah Smith Memorial Bike Trail can be found across the river.
  • Early fall finds fishing enthusiasts’ eager to take advantage of both pond and river fishing. A fishing pond near the river offers year-round angling.
  • Also near this pond is a nature trail that leads to riparian (riverside) and historic locations where deer, coyotes, hawks and owls may be seen.

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:

  • $6 Vehicle
  • $12 Vehicles with Trailer (ex. Boat or Horse) or RV​
  • $24 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:

Not at this time