Owner: Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Colusa, CA 530-458-4740 extension 106 or 100.
Public Access: yes
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Access Via: Public road
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This state recreation area is located within the Colusa Subreach on the north
perimeter of the City of Colusa one block from Highway 20 at River Mile 145 - R.
The Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area (Exhibit 2-2E) is 66.5 acres in size, and includes a 9.6-acre triangular-shaped area used for the campground and parking lot, and a 9-acre maintenance yard which near the west side of the levee. Both the campground and parking lot are bounded on the south and west by the levee and on the east by a boat channel
and the river. This state recreation area includes the only boat ramp and camping facility within the Colusa and Beehive subreaches.
Although the majority of the park site is located on the river side of the levee, it appears that the area used for camping may not flood as frequently or deeply because it is slightly higher than the remainder of the site. The site’s approximately 600 linear feet of banks have been steeply cut by the river, making it difficult or hazardous to reach the edge of
the river from those areas.
The majority of the site is covered with dense, fairly mature mixed riparian forest
that has been overgrown with native grape. The campground is mostly covered with turf and a variety of mature non-native trees provide shade for much of the area.
Current Land Use
Allowable uses at the state recreation area include camping, fishing, nature
observation, hiking, environmental education, nature interpretation, interpretation of historic resources, boat launching, and picnicking.
Adjacent Land Use
The park is bordered on the south side (the other side of the levee) by a residential trailer park. The area to the west is under agricultural production. Directly across the
river lies a patchwork of mixed riparian forest and farms. To the north is a large parcel owned by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), known as the Ward property. It is anticipated that the Ward
property, one of the focus sites of this study, will be transferred to DPR ownership in the future.
This facility is available both by public road and by boat. However, access by boat is
limited by channel closures and the lack of a dock or landing.