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Rafting on Sacramento's American River Parkway.

Rafting on Sacramento's American River Parkway

Winter rains and runoff caused flood damage along much of Sacramento's American River Parkway. The cleanup-- estimated to cost $1 1/2 million--is still continuing. Rossmoor Bar, Goethe Park, and Arden Bar areas suffered most, and washouts hit several sections of the bikeway linking the parkway through the heart of Sacramento. But the good news is that the river cleanup should be complete in time for rafting season, usually May through September.

Rafting is one of the most popular activities on the American River, and one of the most popular put-in spots on the parkway is at Upper Sunrise Recreation Area. Here you can rent 2-man to 14-man rafts ($16 to $55 per day) and canoes or kayaks ($20 per day). All come with paddles and life vests.

From mid-April through mid-October, rentals are available daily from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. There's a shuttle pickup ($2) from Goethe Park (6 miles downriver) or Watt Avenue pull-out (10 miles downriver).

Note that the river is cold (48| to 52|) and fast moving (average 2 to 3 mph), so use caution: wear your life jacket and ask raft operators about any special hazards.

Upper Sunrise is east of downtown Sacramento, in Rancho Cordova. From U.S. 50, take Sunrise Boulevard over the freeway and go 1 mile, turn right on S. Bridge Street, and follow signs.

Before your visit, telephone (916) 366-2061 to check on park, trail, and river conditions.
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