Sacramento Bar

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Located just across from the Lower Sunrise Recreation Area, this river access adds a special touch to the uniqueness of the American River Parkway during every season. Winter and autumn find salmon fishermen elbow-to-elbow in the chilly water. Spring brings wildflowers, animals and nature-seeking hikers to the area while summer finds legions of rafters and picnicking families.

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.

Summer finds legions of rafters drifting past the San Juan Rapids past picnicking families. And spring brings wildflowers, animals and nature-seeking hikers to the area. Enjoy all four seasons of Sacramento Bar!


  • A great place to enjoy nature, Sacramento Bar offers a wide range of river-related activities.
  • Picnickers can gaze at the river while enjoying a lunch at the picnic area.
  • Hikers can tromp about in the nature study area.
  • Keep an eye on the ground to find the tracks of raccoon and deer!
  • 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.