Explore the Rivers that Run Through Sacramento
Whet your waterlust in River City
Dive into late summer and early fall
on the Sacramento River
and the American River
BY ED MURRIETA
SACRAMENTO — Visitors to California’s state capital are more familiar with its freeways than they are with its waterways. The Sacramento River skirts the city. The American River flows through suburbia. Miss Sacramento’s natural attractions and related activities — boating and floating, eating and drinking, biking and golfing, picnicking and exploring, sleeping and selfies — and miss the leisurely heart of the region, especially now, from late summer to early fall when the waters are mild and aglow. Here, then, is our guide to enjoying the best of the Sacramento River, the American River and the town at their confluence called River City.
Marinas. Dock or launch. Tie up at river party scenes.
Rent pontoon boats for large or small parties.
Enjoy catered meals, cocktails and watery views on a paddlewheeler.
Raft for leisure or row for recreation.
See the most scenic stretches of 38-mile American River Bike Trail.
Enjoy food and ambiance in the most scenic river settings.
Enjoy the best beer and cocktails in the most scenic river settings.
Safest, cleanest and most accessible beaches and swimmin’ holes.
The prettiest parks along the rivers.
Nature center, wildlife area and fish hatchery.
Tee up against the backdrop of the river.
Three best spots for taking pictures of you and the river.
The spanking-new Sawyer Hotel offers river views, but the Delta King and Westin get you close to the water.
Nimbus Dam and Lake Washington.
Miner’s lettuce. Wild fennel. Elderberries. Walnuts.
Soil Born Farms along the American River Bike Trail.