• UPDATE 1/22/17

    Sacramento County Regional Parks are prioritizing the cleanup of the multi-use trails and parks throughout the County.

    All visitors are advised of the following:
    • Rivers and streams are flowing high and fast; all visitors should use caution near the river’s edge due to frequent erosion and slippery conditions.  
    • Expect a higher frequency of maintenance and ranger vehicles throughout the park system as we work to recover from the high river flows and local flooding.
    • Anticipate debris including falling trees and tree limbs and take caution when accessing all park facilities before, during and after storms.
    • Report all hazardous conditions to the Department by using the Sacramento County 311 mobile app or call 311 from your mobile phone anywhere in the unincorporated County area.  
    The following facilities are currently open to visitors:

    American River Parkway Trails
    • Jedediah Smith Memorial multi-use trail from mile 0-6 is closed until further notice due to significant hazards including flooding, debris and unstable trail conditions. 
    • Jedediah Smith Memorial multi-use trail from mile 6-13 is open however users are advised that trail shoulders are washed out in many areas and hazards including standing water and debris are frequent .  Visitors should watch for vehicle traffic as crews continue to restore service in this area of the Parkway.  
    • Jedediah Smith Memorial multi-use trail from mile 13 to mile 23 is open with a small detour at mile 20.5
    • Two Rivers Trail (south side of the American River) is closed until further notice due to significant hazards including flooding, debris and unstable trail conditions.
    • The equestrian and hiking trail is flooded in many areas with debris and the occasional fallen trees. Visitors should use caution on these trails.
    • Access trails and spur trails are being assessed by staff on a daily basis and visitors should use caution on these trails as frequent mud, water and debris may be present on the trail.  
    ​​The following American River Parkway access locations are open to visitors         
    • Hazel Ave Access
    • Sunrise Recreation Area
    • Ancil Hoffman Recreation Area (open by 6:00am)
    • River Bend Park
    • William B. Pond Park
    • All pedestrian gates between Watt Ave and Harrington Ave on the north side of the river.
    Note:  The follow restrooms are the only restrooms currently available on the American River Parkway
    • William Pond (main large restroom located in the middle of the park)
    • Riverbend (main restroom)
    • Sunrise Area (all three restrooms)
    • Sac Bar
    The following American River Parkway Park access locations are closed to visitors:
    • Sailor Bar
    • Sarah Court
    • Ambassador access
    • El Manto access
    • Rossmoor access
    • Harrington access
    • Gristmill access
    • Watt Ave. access
    • Howe Ave. access
    • Discovery Park
    Dry Creek Parkway & Gibson Ranch:
    • Dry Creek Parkway multi-use trail and equestrian hiking trails are currently closed to visitors as crews work to restore services in this area of the County.
    • Gibson Ranch is open
    The following facilities are closed in the Delta/Sacramento River Access: 
    • Elk Horn Boat Launch
    • Georgianna Slough
    • Hogback Island 
    Other 
    • Mather Regional Park: open
    • Wilton Community Center: open
    • Hood Park: open 
    • Herald Park: open
    • Access to Cosumnes River Preserve is limited due to flooding use caution when traveling in this area of the County

    UPDATE​ 1/11/17:


    Regional Parks will begin to open various parks, access points and parking lots beginning 8 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 12.  

    All visitors are advised of the following:
    • Rivers and streams are flowing high and fast; all visitors should use caution near the river’s edge due to frequent erosion and slippery conditions.  
    • Designated multi-use trails and equestrian hiking trails in the American River Parkway and Dry Creek Parkway will continue to be closed until further notice.  
    • Expect a higher frequency of maintenance and ranger vehicles throughout the park system as we work to recover from the high river flows and local flooding.
    • Anticipate debris including falling trees and tree limbs and take caution when accessing all park facilities before, during and after storms.
    • Report all hazardous conditions to the Department by using the Sacramento County 311 mobile app or call 311 from your mobile phone anywhere in the unincorporated County area.  
    The following parks and river access facilities are expected to be open by 8 a.m. tomorrow:
    • American River Parkway
    • Hazel Ave Access
    • Sailor Bar
    • Sunrise Recreation Area
    • Ancil Hoffman Recreation Area (open by 6:00am)
    • River Bend Park
    • William B. Pond Park
    • All pedestrian gates between Watt Ave and Harrington Ave on the north side of the river.
    • Mather Regional Park
    • Gibson Ranch

    The following will remain closed until further notice:

    • Sarah Court
    • Ambassador access
    • El Manto access
    • Rossmoor access
    • Harrington access
    • Gristmill access
    • Watt Ave. access
    • Howe Ave. access
    • Discovery Park

    ​UPDATE 1/10/17:

    All Sacramento County Regional Parks are closed EXCEPT:
    William B. Pond
    Ancil Hoffman
    Hazel Avenue Access

    Parks officials will continue to monitor river levels, and there may be additional closures. The river is still running high, swift and cold, so Parkway visitors are urged to use caution when coming out to observe the river. 

    UPDATE 1/9/17:

    The following parks remain closed:
    Discovery
    Howe Ave
    Watt Ave
    Gristmill Park
    PCA Bridge
    American River Parkway multi-use trail Mile 20.5 detour

    The rest of the American River Parkway will be open starting tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 10. However, the opening is subject to change depending on releases from the Nimbus Dam and river conditions. The river is still running high, swift and cold, so Parkway visitors are urged to use caution when coming out to observe the river. 


    UPDATE 1/8/17:

    ​In addition to the closures listed below, Gibson Ranch​ is closed until further notice.

    UPDATE 1/7/17:

    For safety, beginning Sunday January 8, the American River Parkway will be CLOSED until further notice. Because of the weather event, the multi-use trail must be assessed for safety. 

    ​UPDATE 1/6/17

    Updated closure list:
    • American River Parkway multi-use trail between miles .5 and 2.5, then at mile 20.5 (detour will be in place)
    • All islands on the American River between Hazel Avenue and Discovery Park
    • Area north of Discovery Park between the boat launch and Garden Highway
    • Parks access for Howe and Watt Avenues
    • Cosumnes River Preserve Vistor Center and parking lots
    • Gristmill Recreation Area
    • PCA Bridge

    ​UPDATE 1/5/17​

    The Cosumnes River Preserve ​​Visitor Center and parking lots will be closed this weekend and possibly through next week.​

    In addition to the closures listed below, Gristmill Recreation Area is closing today.​

    ​High Water Anticipation - 1/4/2017

    The Sacramento County Department of Regional Parks is anticipating high water in many areas of the Regional Park system as a result of the forecasted rain over the next 3-7 days. As a result, the Department will be closing areas of the American and Dry Creek Parkways based on predicted rain fall and anticipated river elevations in both the Sacramento and American Rivers. County Park Rangers will be contacting park visitors and illegal campers on Wednesday, Jan. 4, and Thursday, Jan. 5, in areas prone to flooding, advising people to seek higher ground in order to remain safe during the rain storms. 

    Current Closures
    American River Parkway multi-use trail between mile 0.5 and mile 2.5, then at mile 20.5 (detour will be in place).

    All islands on the American River between Hazel Ave and Discovery Park.

    The area north of Discovery Park between the boat launch and Garden Hwy.

    Parks access for Howe and Watt Avenues. 
  • UPDATE 12/29/16

    ​Discovery Park, Watt and Howe access and the Gristmill boat launch are now open. The American River Parkway multi-use trail is closed from miles .5 to 2.5. The rest of the trail is open.

    UPDATE 12/27/16

    The PCA Bridge (Lower Sunrise Area) is now open. Discovery Park will be closed until further notice. We anticipate Watt and Howe Avenues access will be open Wednesday, 12/28. The American River Parkway multi-use trail is still underwater at Mile .5.

    ​UPDATE 12/19/16—Closures and Detours​

    The following American River Parkway closures will remain in place until further notice: Discovery Park, Watt and Howe access, the PCA Bridge (Lower Sunrise Area) and the American River Parkway multi-use trail from Mile 0-5. 

    The Gristmill boat launch is closed, although park access is open.

    There is a detour in place at Mile 20 of the American River Parkway multi-use trail.

    Check the Sacramento County Regional Parks webpage, as well as Facebook and Twitter ​accounts, for further updates.

    ​UPDATE 12/15/16—Rivers Rising

    ​In addition to the closures listed below, the PCA Bridge (multi-use trail bridge between Sunrise and Sacramento Bar Parks) is now CLOSED preparing for the increased outflows from Folsom Lake later today.

    Due to the changing nature of the rivers, please use caution around any local waterway and stay on higher ground.

    ​​UPDATE 12/14/16—Rivers Rising

    ​The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will increase water releases from Folsom Lake to 35,000 cubic feet per second on Thursday, Dec. 15. This will cause the American River to run higher and faster than normal. 

    Parkway Access Closures Thursday-Sunday:
    Discovery Park, CAmpus Commons Golf Course, Howe, Watt and Gristmill access.

    The American River Parkway multi-use trail will be closed from Discovery Park (mile 0) to mile 6 near Campus Commons Golf Course. Additionally, a detour will be in place at mile 20 THursday-Sunday.

    Dry Creek Parkway parking lot will also be closed beginning Thursday morning.

    Due to the changing nature of the rivers, please use caution around any local waterway and stay on higher ground.​​

    UPDATE 12/13/16 – Rivers Rising

    ​Due to projected rains, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will increase water releases from Folsom Lake to 15,000 cubic feet per second on Thursday, Dec. 15. This will cause the American River to run higher and faster than nor​mal.

    Discovery Park, which is designed to flood during these conditions, will be closed Wednesday night through Monday morning. The access point for Howe Avenue will be closed for the same duration, as well as mile 0-3 on the American River Parkway multi-use trail. Parks officials are monitoring the Watt Avenue park, which may close depending on weather conditions.

    County and City departments along with partner agencies have been working together to monitor the situation, share information and get the word out to people along the river about the potential for rising waters.  Sac Steps Forward has deployed Navigators in the field and notified service providers to help get the word out to clients.

    Due to the changing nature of the rivers, please use caution around any local waterway and stay on higher ground.​
  • ​Sacramento Bar River Restoration Project

    ​This summer, Sacramento Bar will be the site of our eighth salmon and steelhead river restoration projects on the American River. Construction equipment, such as bulldozers and loaders, will be in the river, as well as on the gravel bar.  

    The best vantage points to see the project will be across the river, between trail miles 18 and 19 in the Lower Sunrise and El Manto access areas.  The project will be excavating a new side channel through the bar and lowering the floodplain, sorting and washing these excavated gravels, and adding the clean gravels to the river. Once finished, it will be an ideal area for salmon and steelhead to build their redds (“nests”), as well as providing protected nursery areas for the new young fish to grow bigger.

    Construction will begin as early as August 1 and will be completed by September 30. Work will be scheduled Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This river restoration is being completed through a partnership of the Bureau of Reclamation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and the Water Forum. ​

  • Rossmoor Bar oak woodland expansion​

    ​The oak woodland at Rossmoor Bar on the American River Parkway is being expanded. The project will increase the existing oak woodland (planted in 2009) nearly 14 acres.  The temporary deer fence will be removed when the trees and shrubs have grown tall enough to withstand deer browsing. The red area on the map​ (with the star) is the expansion area, and will be fenced to keep the deer from eating the new seedlings.  The black hatched area is the existing oak woodland area that was planted in 2009, and will remain unfenced​

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