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Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area
What is open now?
Colusa Sacramento River State Park is now open to limited parking for day-use recreation at the following facilities:
- Campsites for individual family camping.
- Boat launch ramp and parking.
- Trails for active recreation such as hiking, running, and bird watching.
What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
Closed at this park:
- All Group Camping
- Many campgrounds across the state remain temporarily closed until further notice or will be temporarily closed in accordance with the new Regional Stay at Home Order. More information here.
- High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
- Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.
Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, State Parks has implemented the following guidelines to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors:
- Stay Local –Stay close to home to slow the spread of COVID-19. Do not travel if you or someone in your household is sick.
- Plan Ahead – The COVID-19 pandemic response continues to be dynamic and fluid. As such, information on this webpage may change. Prior to visiting us, please check this webpage again right before you visit the park to find out if new guidelines are in place.
- Stay Safer at 6 feet – No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Your guests should only include those within your immediate household. This means no guests or friends, and no gatherings, picnics or parties. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people to allow for the required physical distance.
- Boating: Do not raft up to other boaters or pull up onto a beach next to other recreators.
- Off-highway Vehicle Recreation: Do not ride next to others or pull up next to someone else as it could put you in close proximity to others. Stage 10 feet or more from each other during unloading and loading.
- Keep Clean – Be prepared. Not all restrooms are open to the public. in some cases, restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer. Please pack out all trash. Park units are experiencing heavy use and you can help alleviate the impact on park facilities.
- Stay Covered – The state requires you wear a face covering when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more. Individuals must have a face covering with them at all times.
Statewide, California State Parks continues to work with locals on a phased and regionally driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. However, the situation remains fluid and park operations can change at any time. The need for Californians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the outdoors remains critical.
For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.
The Colusa Sacramento River State Recreation Area is currently being operated by the City of Colusa.
For group reservations, please call City Hall at (530) 329-9198 Monday - Thursday 8am-4pm.
- Handicapped Accessible Campsites
- Group Campsites (not reservable online)
- RV potable water fill-up station
- potable water sites (no hook-ups)
- Parking (fee)
- Boat Launch (fee)
This area offers visitors campsites, picnic sites, and a launch ramp for small boats.
Riverbank cottonwoods and willows shelter one of the finest fishing stretches in California, with king salmon, steelhead, rainbow trout and striped bass some of the catches.
The river is on a major migratory route for birds of the Pacific flyway and provides home to an amazing number of species.
The River Patwin Indian tribe once lived nearby the area and in 1872 John Muir camped near what is now the park.
Locations - Directions
The park is near downtown Colusa, nine miles east of I-5 on Highway 20, north of Sacramento.
Fishing for king salmon, steelhead, rainbow trout and striped bass is excellent in this stretch of the Sacramento River, California's largest river. Anglers also take consistent catches of catfish, shad, carp and sturgeon.
The fall run of salmon comes in September and October. You can also catch them from November through January, though the fishing during high water isn't as satisfying. The spring run is April through June. The steelhead run is from late August to end of October; striped bass from April through June; and shad from mid-May to mid-June.
Bank fishing is easiest from the river's northwest bank, outside the park, or you can take the trail to the parks gravel bar-beach area. You'll be most successful if you fish by boat, searching out the deep holes in the river bed.
Seasons/Climate - Recommended Clothing
Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.