Sacramento River
A Guide to Recreation and Public Access
Lake Red Bluff Recreation Area
Access Site Details
Rivermile: 243
Owner: U.S. Forest Service Mendocino National Forest, 825 North Humboldt Ave. Willows CA (530) 934-3316
City: Red Bluff
County: Tehama
Ownership: Public
Public Access: yes
Location: Click Here
Related Website: Click Here
Acres: 488
Access Via: Public road
Fishing Regulations: Click Here
Fishing Supplement: Click Here
Activities Available
• Motor Boating
• Kayaking/Canoeing
• Fishing
• Swimming
• Birding
• Nature Observation
• Nature Walk
• 29 Tent Sites
• 1 Group Camp Sites (reservable)
• 30 RV sites
• Walking
• Hiking
Facilities Available
• Paved Lot
Boating Facilities
• Boat Ramp(s)
• Boat Trailer Parking
Pedestrian Access
• ADA Accessible
• Paved Walkways
• Trails
Picnic Facilities
• Picnic Table(s)
• Picnic Shelter(s)
• Barbecue Grill(s)/Pit(s)
• Tree Shaded
• Potable Water
• Drinking Fountains
• Porta-Potties
• Showers
Other Facilities
• Public Phones
Location Description
This site is located at the north end of the study area just south of the intersection of Interstate 5 and Highway 99 at Red Bluff at River Mile 243-L. The site is adjacent to the Red Bluff Diversion Dam, which forms Lake Red Bluff.
Site Description
The 488-acre Red Bluff Recreation Area (Exhibit 2-2A) serves more of the function of an urban regional park than the typical park owned and operated by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). It is also home to the Sacramento River Discovery Center.
Topology Hydrology
This site lies within the 150-year meander zone (inner river zone) and is characterized by low and high floodplain terraces.
Vegetation Wildlife
Consistent with the variations in the topography and hydrology at the site, thevegetation varies from riparian scrub and mixed riparian forest near the banks to valley oak savanna on the upper terrace. The vegetation includes a number of non-native invasive species.
Current Land Use
This park is used for group and family camping, boating access, environmental education, hiking, birdwatching, and watching the drag boat races, a very large event held on Memorial Day weekend in this area. Reservations for Camp Discovery (the group camp only) may be made 360 days in advance, at the Sacramento River Discovery Center (530) 527-1196, Wednesday thru Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Adjacent Land Use
Although this site is immediately south and adjacent to the Red Bluff city limits, the major portion of the park site is bordered by privately owned farmland.
Access Description
Access to the site is by public roads and by boat from both above and below the Red Bluff Diversion Dam.
Facility Signage
• Entrance
• Directional
• Facility Rules