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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?
- All Group Camping
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:
- Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick
- Plan Ahead – Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
- Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
- Be COVID-19 Safe – State Parks continues to meet guidance from local and state public officials as COVID-19 is still present and still deadly. Effective March 1, 2022, state guidance recommends that all individuals, regardless of vaccine status, continue masking in indoor settings, such as museums and visitor centers. Universal masking remains required in specified high-risk settings. Please plan ahead as local county guidelines may differ from state guidance and visitors are urged to follow county guidelines when required. Read the latest COVID-19 guidance at COVID19.ca.gov.
- Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.
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.