Blue Trail



“We are aiming to produce the best go-to maps of the wild and majestic Sacramento River for all users and stakeholders to enjoy. Along with creating maps we plan to continue our River Road Show Programs throughout the watershed to educate users on topics of safe boating, birding, paddling, regulations, history, riparian processes, hydrologic processes and fun on the Sacramento River in general.

 Through collaboration and communication we truly hope to engage the communities within our watershed and along the main stem of the Sacramento River in celebrating the wildness of the Sacramento River due to the re-enhancement work of the last 30-years. The amazing riparian habitat recovery efforts and water quality enhancement work present along the Sac’s shores is sure to wow paddlers and other recreational users of all genres. The recovery of so many important species, aside from Salmon, has been incredible along the middle and upper stretches of the Sacramento River.

Eco-tourism, or aqua-tourism in this case, is a huge economic industry that, when combined with tradition forms of recreation like fishing and hunting, builds watershed community and brings money to the region.

We are excited!”

~ Lucas RossMerz, Executive Director SRPT

The Sacramento River Preservation Trust is currently working with American Rivers and our watershed stakeholders to create our very own Sacramento River Blue Trail (SRBT) here in the great Central Valley of California.

Please check back regularly to see what is happening with the Sac River Blue Trail, and sign up as a volunteer or become a member if you would like to be a part of this amazing effort.

The first phase of this project will create a physical map from Redding, at Diestlehorst Pasture River Access point and or Turtle Bay Boat Ramp, to Colusa, at the Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area and or Lovey’s Landing.

The maps created will use past resources, i.e., Department of Boating and Waterways Boating Trail Guides from Redding to Woodson Bridge and Woodson Bridge to Colusa, and Mitchell Wyss’  A Naturalist Guide to the Sacramento River.


More Resources:

Sacramento River Atlas and Launches: Sacramento River Conservation Area Forum (The Forum)

Sacramento River Watershed Program

California Boating Laws

CA Freshwater Fishing Regulations

(Click here to download the full: ’14-’15 Freshwater Fishing Regulations PDF)

CA Hunting Seasons and Limits


SRBT Contacts:

Lucas RossMerz

Executive Director

Email Lucas

David Zarate

Mapping Intern

Email David

You can also sign up for updates by becoming a River Rep Member of the Sac River Trust, or by signing up to be a Sac River Volunteer.



More about BLUE TRAILS from American Rivers:

Blue Trail is a waterway adopted by a local community that is dedicated to improving family-friendly recreation such as fishing, boating, and wildlife watching, and conserving land and water resources.

Just as hiking trails are designed to help people explore the land, Blue Trails help people discover their rivers and provide communities with a host of benefits:

  • Protect the environment. Blue Trails galvanize citizen support for clean water and healthy riverside lands. They inspire people to protect important habitat and provide corridors for people and wildlife.  While specific protections vary from community to community, Blue Trails are often associated with conservation easements, land acquisition, stream buffer requirements, stream flow protections, and higher water quality standards.
  • Enhance local economies. Blue Trails are economic drivers that benefit businesses and quality of life. According to The Outdoor Foundation, 113 million Americans enjoy fishing, paddling, and trail activities yearly, generating 1.6 million jobs and $20 billion in state and federal revenue.
  • Preserve history and community identity. Blue Trails have the power to connect us to our heritage by preserving historic places and providing access to them. Through these cultural, historic and natural places, Blue Trails enhance a sense of community identity and pride.
  • Connect people and places. Blue Trails connect urban and rural communities to parks, forests, and refuges. Through them, we create a valuable legacy that honors the past, enriches the present, and provides a precious gift to the future.

American Rivers is the only national organization helping communities create Blue Trails. Find out how we work on blue trails and why blue trails are important.

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Article:Funding sustainable paddle trail development: paddler perspectives, willingness to pay and management implications

An article in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism (Link here) also talks about the benefits of building a Sacramento River Blue Trail  “Funding sustainable paddle trail development: paddler perspectives, willingness to pay and management implications” (Link here). In collusion the article states that “Findings from this research show that individuals who view paddling as an economic development tool are more likely to support funding mechanisms. Thus, the foundation to creating a sustainable funding source – one in which users are willing to pay – includes marketing and framing users to view paddling as an economic development tool.”

We need all stakeholders to buy-in to the fact that paddlers, anglers, adventurers, campers, hunters and fisherman will all enjoy this resource more frequently as we streamline access and information resources. If we build it and teach our area residents and visitors to experience it, they will spend money and they will be changed for ever because they will have had an intimate moment with the Sacramento River Ecosystem. 

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