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American River Parkway - Sailor Bar Area



Sailor Bar is a park with a lot of history and wonderful present day opportunities. Settled by gold-seeking sailors, this park was dredged for gold during the Gold Rush. Today, visitor activities such as rafting, fishing, horseback riding and nature gazing, have replaced the adventures of historic explorers.

  • Sailor Bar is a very popular launching spot for small watercraft and rafts. A gravel road provides launch access.
  • An equestrian trail weaves through the park, while access to the Jedediah Smith Memorial Bike Trail can be found across the river.
  • Early fall finds fishing enthusiasts eager to take advantage of both pond and river fishing. A fishing pond near the river offers year-round angling.
  • Also near this pond is a nature trail that leads to riparian (riverside) and historic locations where deer, coyotes, hawks and owls may be seen.
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