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Parkway History
American River Parkway Foundation
Partners on the
Habitats of the
SKUNK
American River Parkway
From as early as 3,000 years ago, the American
individuals. More the 5,000 acres, representing six
was silenced by cost considerations. The Natomas
River region has been inhabited, first by the
ecosystems, have been set aside, their use governed
Company has since sold and donated land to the
Island
Riparian Scrub
Riparian forest is some
Oak Woodland and Oak Savanna
Grassland
American
Southern Maidu, also known as Nisenans. Their
by the American River Parkway Plan of 1985.
County of Sacramento for public use as part of the
Mission:
Programs of the Foundation:
CALIFORNIA
of the most
Several islands occur within the active
CALIFORNIA
Riparian scrub habitat is
Oak woodland habitat consists of stands
Most open areas within
villages dotted the fertile floodplain where they
Between the American River’s confluence with the
American River Parkway.
POPPY
QUAIL
species-rich habitat
fished, hunted and gathered food and materials for
Sacramento River and Hazel Avenue, the Parkway is
channel of the river. These islands
typically dominated by
of valley and interior live oak.
the parkway support a
• To foster environmental stewardship and
• Mutt Mitts: The Foundation raises the
River
building their huts. This richness was impressive to
owned and managed by the County of Sacramento,
Jedediah Smith’s explorations along the river are
along the Parkway.
generally support riparian scrub and
thick clumps of willow and
Oak woodlands along the
variety of non-native
American River Natural History
Jedediah Strong Smith when he first camped along
Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Space.
commemorated by the bicycle trail bearing his name
facilitate volunteer opportunities on the
money to purchase dog waste removal
The various layers may be winter or
riparian forest habitats. They are unique in
blackberry. Unlike mature
American River can have a
grasses such as wild
his “Wild River” in 1827. By 1833, a malaria
From Hazel Boulevard to Folsom Dam, it is owned by
that extends from Old Sacramento to Beal’s Point at
American River Parkway that supports
mitts. Dispensers are located
Association
Parkway
summer home to birds such as northern
epidemic had reduced native populations. When
the federal government and managed by the State
Folsom Reservoir, a distance of almost 32 miles.
that they provide isolated habitat with less
riparian forest, riparian
dense, interlocking canopy
oats, brome, barley,
the preservation, protection,
throughout the parkway.
www.arnha.org
flicker, white-breasted nuthatch, scrub jay,
John Sutter sailed up the river to a landing near the
Department of Parks and Recreation. While generally
Recognized for its unique qualities by designation as
potential for attack from ground-based
scrub lacks an overstory of
with only sparse understory
and ryegrass. Other
enhancement and appreciation of the
American robin, northern oriole, wood
modern 16th Street, colonization was a relatively
consistent between the two managing agencies,
a California Wild and Scenic River (1972) and a
predators (like feral cats) or from human
taller trees. Riparian scrub
vegetation. Where
non-native weedy
• Financial and Mile Stewards: There are
GREAT
Parkway’s natural resources.
simple affair.
operational and use regulations may vary.
National Wild and Scenic River (1980) the American
duck and a variety of warbler species. On
BLUE
disturbance. These wooded islands serve
forms along the edges of the river, along
canopies are less dense,
species include filaree,
23 miles of parkway and the Foundation
American River Flood Control District
River features natural migration and spawning of
HERON
the forest floor dusky-footed woodrat,
has businesses and individuals adopt a
Habitat along the American
as nesting habitat for a variety of birds.
the edges of emergent marsh habitat, and
a ground cover of grasses
wild geranium, mustard,
Sutter soon recognized the need for lumber to
The American River Parkway was designed to
chinook salmon, as well as steelhead and other fish
www.arfcd.org
raccoon and skunk make their homes.
build his water-powered grist mill and contracted
provide natural open space and habitat protection for
species. This annual salmon-spawning spectacle
mile of the parkway. The financial
River Parkway represents
other areas subject to frequent flooding or
such as wild oat, brome,
and wild radish. A variety of
VALLEY
with John Marshall’s sawmill near Coloma. When
the remaining flora and fauna native to the
attracts thousand of people and produces millions of
Riparian habitat
stewards assist with covering the cost
both natural and altered landscape.
high ground water. As such, riparian scrub
MOUNTAIN LION
OAK
barley, and ryegrass are able
native plants also occur in open areas
For more information or to volunteer
Open Water
gold was discovered in the sawmill, word spread
Sacramento region and to provide recreational
natural and artificially spawned fish.
along streams and
of the volunteer stewards’ work in
After the discovery of gold, portions of
represents a transitional phase between
to grow. As the
spacing
including California poppy, vetch, tidy
quickly and the future growth of Sacramento and
opportunities for an urban population. It provides
please contact
California Native Plant Society
In addition to the
BEAVER
rivers provide
cleaning up that particular mile.
www.cnps.org
the river were dredged by the large
gravel bars and mature riparian forest.
between trees becomes
greater,
tips, larkspur and yarrow.
the Mother Lode of California was assured. Sutter
critical habitat to several endangered species and is
The American River Parkway Foundation
river itself, there are
essential wildlife
knew of the hazards of living in a river floodplain
the longest linear, uninterrupted park in the country.
gold mining companies, leaving behind
Along the Parkway, riparian scrub habitat
the habitat is generally
www.arpf.org
• River Clean-Ups: The Foundation
pockets of water where
corridors
and he set out to establish his New Helvetia on
Recreational opportunities are abundant in a relatively
Readers interested in the wealth of information about
large piles of cobbles and excavated
is inhabited by songbirds such as Bewick's
considered to be oak
5700 Arden Way
The grasses usually stand 6-36
high ground along the Sacramento River near
pristine setting which has preserved examples of
the history and natural history of this area should start
coordinates two large clean-up along
old channels of the river have been
throughout
areas. The slow process of natural
wren, yellow-rumped warbler
savanna.
Carmichael, CA 95608
Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency
inches tall, providing food and
Sutterville Road. Unfortunately, he ended up
what the land was like when grizzly bears roamed the
with the following:
the 23 mile parkway. The Spring Clean
cut off or dredger mining activities have left
California.
reclamation has returned some areas
and white-crowned
snowbound at the sawmill and was unable to
valley and waterfowl in flight darkened the sky.
(916) 486-2773
www.safca.org
protection for small
up occurs the 3rd Saturday in April and
deep depressions. These backwater areas
Larger mammals such as mule deer and
prevent his son, John Jr., from getting into cahoots
Native American archeological sites are hidden
A History of the Lower American River, edited and
to a semi-natural state while the most
sparrow.
mammals such
the Fall Clean Up occurs the 3rd
typically contain large open
with a wily Sam Brannan and laying out lots along
among the more obvious artifacts from Sutter’s time
updated by Bill Dillinger. Published by American River
mountain lion use riparian habitats such as
severely altered areas can still be
as deer mice,
the embarcadero of what is now Old Sacramento.
and the especially visible recent evidence of the Gold
Natural History Association, 1991.
Saturday in September.
water areas with a
Oak woodland and oak
those in the Parkway to move between the
Save the American River Association
seen today.
Many floods later, we recognize Sutter’s wisdom.
Rush era commerce along the river. Windrows of
Riparian Forest
savanna are home to a
California
fringe of emergent
LIVE OAK
Central Valley and the adjacent Sierra
www.sarariverwatch.org
As the population of Sacramento grew and
dredger tailings testify to massive efforts to retrieve
Biking and Hiking the American River Parkway, Robin
• Invasive Plant Removal: The
variety of bird species such as the wild
vole,
marsh plants such
A common habitat type
Nevada mountains.
experienced the river’s periodic flooding, levees
gold from ancient beds of the
Donnelly. Published by American River Natural History
broad-footed
Foundation is responsible from
Riverine
turkey, California quail, plain titmouse,
as cattails and rushes.
located along the
were built which began to narrow the floodplain.
American River. Several
Association, 1996.
COMMON
removing 10 different species of
mole and
scrub jay, rufous-sided towhee, acorn
With the completion of Folsom Dam in 1955,
outfits, principally the
The American River is a
The calm waters provide
American River Parkway
GOPHER SNAKE
Soil Born Farms
invasive plants along the entire
POISON
Dredger Tailing Vegetation
black-tailed
residential and commercial development of the
Natomas Company,
The Outdoor World of the Sacramento Region, A
woodpecker, as well as larger predators
large riverine system
excellent habitat for ducks
is riparian forest. Riparian
www.soilborn.org
OAK
historic floodplain was completed.
dredged about 1900
Local Field Guide, edited by Jo Smith. Published by
parkway.
jackrabbit. Grassland predators
MALLARD
Gold mining activities in the early part of
like the great horned owl. Oaks within the
which carries water
such as cinnamon teal,
habitat consists of a complex,
acres between 1900
American River Natural History Association, 1993.
the 20th century left behind large piles of
include gopher snake, red-tailed
from the Sierra
American wigeon and
multi-layered canopy of tall and medium
woodland and savanna provide excellent
Fortunately for Sacramento, and because of the
and 1962, moving
• Restoration: A number of new oak
RIVER OTTER
cobbles, some of which remain visible
hawk, white-tailed kite and coyote.
foresight of people like William Pond, then director
more than a
Discovering the American River Parkway. Published
Nevada and
mallard.
sized trees. Occasional shrubs are found
nesting and roosting sites for large birds of
grooves have been planted along the
Water Forum
today. These tailings are sparsely
prey such as red-tailed hawk which forage
Some open areas within the Parkway
of the County Department of Parks, the American
billion cubic
by American River Natural History Association, 2000.
eventually flows into the
beneath the tree canopy and annual
parkway with the help of hundreds of
www.waterforum.org
River Parkway Plan was incorporated in the
yards of gravel
vegetated with patches of riparian
on small mammals. Mammals
have been
Sacramento River and ultimately
grasses and forbs form the lowermost
COYOTE
volunteers from the Foundation.
Emergent Marsh
County’s 1962 General Plan and land acquisition
before the last
overtaken
vegetation found in "dredger hollows," the
such as western gray squirrel,
San Francisco Bay. Due to the
vegetation layer. The tree canopy is
began for the Parkway. Now urbanized along its
of the huge
Schools, businesses and individuals
Emergent marsh habitat is found in still or
by
depressions between mounds of cobble.
striped skunk and mule deer
entire length in Sacramento County, the river lies
dredger-
upstream Folsom Dam, flows through
usually dominated by
Volunteer Center
adopt and care for the grooves.
slow moving, shallow water located along
invasive
within the Parkway preserved by those visionary
bucket machines
Within the hollows, species such as
can also be found within
the American River Parkway area are
cottonwood, valley oak and
the edges of the river and on the banks of
yellow star
cottonwood and willow are able to tap
these habitats along the
relatively controlled. Most of the
willow, with occasional white
open water areas. These marshes are
thistle. Efforts
riverine habitat is fast moving, open
groundwater and prosper. Shrubs such as
American River
alder, box elder and Oregon
The
dominated by aquatic vegetation such as
coyote bush, coffeeberry and elderberry
are
The
water without any vegetation. A variety
ash. Understory species include
Parkway.
Safety
Rules & Regulations
cattail, tule, soft rush and blue vervain.
are scattered, with sparse annual grasses,
currently underway to curb the spread
of fish including several
wild grape, wild rose,
GRAY SQUIRREL
Birds such as green heron and great egret
over the old dredge piles. Animal species
of this weedy species.
native species (salmon,
blackberry and
Bicycles
Pedestrians
American
feed on western toad, pacific chorus frog,
found within the more densely vegetated
American
Bicycle Speed Limit: The speed limit along the
Who To Contact: For information on the American
steelhead, Sacramento
elderberry.
• Stay to the right / pass on the left. Be sure to
• Pedestrians use the left shoulder. Joggers and
bullfrog and other inhabitants of this
entire bicycle trail is 15 miles per hour.
River Parkway or other county parks, call (916)
dredger tailing habitat are
squawfish, Sacramento
always pass others going in your direction on their
walkers should use the left dirt shoulder of the
875-6961 or write to:
densely vegetated, shallow-water habitat.
MULE
similar to those found in
left side and move back to the right once safely
bicycle trail facing bicycle traffic.
sucker) and several
Sacramento County Parks
CHINOOK
DEER
River Parkway
Motorized Vehicles: Motorized vehicles, including
the riparian forest. The
River Parkway
past. (Faster traffic is responsible for yielding to
introduced species
SALMON
3711 Branch Center Road
• Joggers and walkers should travel in single file
motorcycles, scooters and mopeds, are
slower and oncoming traffic.)
PACIFIC
sparser areas are
(American shad, striped
prohibited from the bicycle trail.
Sacramento, CA 95827
rather than side by side.
CHORUS
home to western
bass) can be found within the
FROG
• If you need to stop, be sure to pull completely off
American River Parkway Foundation
fence lizard, alligator
Equestrians
American River. Predators such
Park Maintenance: call (916) 875-PARK (7275)
WESTERN
Bicycles on Designated Trails Only: Bicycles are
5700 Arden Way
the trail. By doing this, it is less likely that you may
lizard, and western
• Travel at a safe speed. Approach each bend in
as great blue heron and river otter can
RATTLESNAKE
allowed only on the area of the Parkway
Carmichael, CA 95608
be hit by someone who either is not paying attention
the trail as if someone were around the corner.
rattlesnake.
designated as bicycle trail.
sometimes be seen on the river. Other
Park Rangers: call (916) 875-PARK (7275)
(916) 486-2773
or who may have nowhere else to go.
common species seen on the river are
• Let others know if your horse is safe to pass.
For information on Folsom Lake or Lake Natoma,
beaver, muskrat and western pond
• Wear a helmet. Statewide, approximately 70-85%
Horses on the Horse Trail Only: Horses are
• Avoid areas along the trail that are soft and muddy;
call (916) 988-0205 or write to:
of all bicycle injuries are head injuries.
allowed only on the designated horse trail.
turtle.
deep hoof ruts make it difficult for others to use the
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
trail.
7806 Folsom-Auburn Road
• Yield when entering and crossing trails. Obey traffic
Oak Woodland
Grassland
Riparian
Emergent
River
Riparian
Open
Riparian Forest
Dredger Tailing
Oak Savanna
Dogs on Leash: All animals must be kept on a
Folsom, CA 95630
signs, trail closures and detour signs. Be aware of
leash no longer than six feet and kept in complete
• Plan ahead. Avoid being on the trail after dark.
Scrub
Marsh
Island
Water
Vegetation
signs warning of hazards.
physical control by owners at all times.
The trails can become hard to see and treacherous.
Folsom Lake State Park Rangers For Emergencies
Graphics designed by
Allow time for loading the horse into its trailer.
Bjorn Gregersen of
•Be predictable. Travel in a consistent manner.
Only: call (916) 988-7322
Skates: In-line and roller skates are permitted
ECORP Consulting, Inc.
Always look behind you before changing position
• Wear a helmet at all times.
along the bicycle trail. Skateboards and rollerskis
Brochure design updates by
on the trail and give an audible signal when passing.
are not permitted. Skaters must obey the 15 mph
Emergencies along the Parkway:
• Be cautious of low branches and obstructions on
speed limit.
Tri-City Technologies
If an emergency occurs along the parkway and
the trail.
• Ride in single file. The bicycle trail is a single lane
immediate attention is needed by fire, ambulance
or law enforcement, do the following:
in each direction capable of handling one bicycle
Boating
Hours of Use: The American River Parkway is a
in each lane. Riding in a single file with other cyclists
• Boating Safety Hints and Guide Map are available
day use facility. Hours are posted at each facility
• Note the mile marker along the bicycle trail
reduces your chances of collisions with each other
entrance and vary with the season.
from California Department of Boating and
where the incident occurred.
and with oncoming cyclists.
Waterways; A Boating Guide to the American River
Parkway. Phone (916) 263-1331. Also available from
Camping: Camping is prohibited along the
• Watch your speed. The trails are not designed for
• Locate one of the blue emergency call boxes
Print
Mail
Fulfi llment
County Dept. of Regional Parks, Recreation & Open
Parkway. Folsom State Park offers camping at
along the trail or find a public phone and dial “911.”
fast riding. Ride “within your abilities”; not so fast
Beals Point.
Space and boat rental companies.
that you can’t react to what is happening around
Emergency call boxes are located at various places
along the bicycle trail and will automatically dial the
you.
Life Preserver
Glass: Glass beverage containers are prohibited.
emergency operator when the button on the box is
• All children ages 13 and under are to wear life
pressed.
preservers when in the portions of public waterways
Private Property: Private property within the
within the unincorporated area of Sacramento
• Most park personnel are equipped with 2-way
Parkway is posted. Please respect it.
County.
$5.00 - Proceeds to benefit the American River Parkway
radios and can ensure a quick response.
Parkway History
American River Parkway Foundation
Partners on the
Habitats of the
SKUNK
American River Parkway
From as early as 3,000 years ago, the American
individuals. More the 5,000 acres, representing six
was silenced by cost considerations. The Natomas
River region has been inhabited, first by the
ecosystems, have been set aside, their use governed
Company has since sold and donated land to the
Island
Riparian Scrub
Riparian forest is some
Oak Woodland and Oak Savanna
Grassland
American
Southern Maidu, also known as Nisenans. Their
by the American River Parkway Plan of 1985.
County of Sacramento for public use as part of the
Mission:
Programs of the Foundation:
CALIFORNIA
of the most
Several islands occur within the active
CALIFORNIA
Riparian scrub habitat is
Oak woodland habitat consists of stands
Most open areas within
villages dotted the fertile floodplain where they
Between the American River’s confluence with the
American River Parkway.
POPPY
QUAIL
species-rich habitat
fished, hunted and gathered food and materials for
Sacramento River and Hazel Avenue, the Parkway is
channel of the river. These islands
typically dominated by
of valley and interior live oak.
the parkway support a
• To foster environmental stewardship and
• Mutt Mitts: The Foundation raises the
River
building their huts. This richness was impressive to
owned and managed by the County of Sacramento,
Jedediah Smith’s explorations along the river are
along the Parkway.
generally support riparian scrub and
thick clumps of willow and
Oak woodlands along the
variety of non-native
American River Natural History
Jedediah Strong Smith when he first camped along
Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Space.
commemorated by the bicycle trail bearing his name
facilitate volunteer opportunities on the
money to purchase dog waste removal
The various layers may be winter or
riparian forest habitats. They are unique in
blackberry. Unlike mature
American River can have a
grasses such as wild
his “Wild River” in 1827. By 1833, a malaria
From Hazel Boulevard to Folsom Dam, it is owned by
that extends from Old Sacramento to Beal’s Point at
American River Parkway that supports
mitts. Dispensers are located
Association
Parkway
summer home to birds such as northern
epidemic had reduced native populations. When
the federal government and managed by the State
Folsom Reservoir, a distance of almost 32 miles.
that they provide isolated habitat with less
riparian forest, riparian
dense, interlocking canopy
oats, brome, barley,
the preservation, protection,
throughout the parkway.
www.arnha.org
flicker, white-breasted nuthatch, scrub jay,
John Sutter sailed up the river to a landing near the
Department of Parks and Recreation. While generally
Recognized for its unique qualities by designation as
potential for attack from ground-based
scrub lacks an overstory of
with only sparse understory
and ryegrass. Other
enhancement and appreciation of the
American robin, northern oriole, wood
modern 16th Street, colonization was a relatively
consistent between the two managing agencies,
a California Wild and Scenic River (1972) and a
predators (like feral cats) or from human
taller trees. Riparian scrub
vegetation. Where
non-native weedy
• Financial and Mile Stewards: There are
GREAT
Parkway’s natural resources.
simple affair.
operational and use regulations may vary.
National Wild and Scenic River (1980) the American
duck and a variety of warbler species. On
BLUE
disturbance. These wooded islands serve
forms along the edges of the river, along
canopies are less dense,
species include filaree,
23 miles of parkway and the Foundation
American River Flood Control District
River features natural migration and spawning of
HERON
the forest floor dusky-footed woodrat,
has businesses and individuals adopt a
Habitat along the American
as nesting habitat for a variety of birds.
the edges of emergent marsh habitat, and
a ground cover of grasses
wild geranium, mustard,
Sutter soon recognized the need for lumber to
The American River Parkway was designed to
chinook salmon, as well as steelhead and other fish
www.arfcd.org
raccoon and skunk make their homes.
build his water-powered grist mill and contracted
provide natural open space and habitat protection for
species. This annual salmon-spawning spectacle
mile of the parkway. The financial
River Parkway represents
other areas subject to frequent flooding or
such as wild oat, brome,
and wild radish. A variety of
VALLEY
with John Marshall’s sawmill near Coloma. When
the remaining flora and fauna native to the
attracts thousand of people and produces millions of
Riparian habitat
stewards assist with covering the cost
both natural and altered landscape.
high ground water. As such, riparian scrub
MOUNTAIN LION
OAK
barley, and ryegrass are able
native plants also occur in open areas
For more information or to volunteer
Open Water
gold was discovered in the sawmill, word spread
Sacramento region and to provide recreational
natural and artificially spawned fish.
along streams and
of the volunteer stewards’ work in
After the discovery of gold, portions of
represents a transitional phase between
to grow. As the
spacing
including California poppy, vetch, tidy
quickly and the future growth of Sacramento and
opportunities for an urban population. It provides
please contact
California Native Plant Society
In addition to the
BEAVER
rivers provide
cleaning up that particular mile.
www.cnps.org
the river were dredged by the large
gravel bars and mature riparian forest.
between trees becomes
greater,
tips, larkspur and yarrow.
the Mother Lode of California was assured. Sutter
critical habitat to several endangered species and is
The American River Parkway Foundation
river itself, there are
essential wildlife
knew of the hazards of living in a river floodplain
the longest linear, uninterrupted park in the country.
gold mining companies, leaving behind
Along the Parkway, riparian scrub habitat
the habitat is generally
www.arpf.org
• River Clean-Ups: The Foundation
pockets of water where
corridors
and he set out to establish his New Helvetia on
Recreational opportunities are abundant in a relatively
Readers interested in the wealth of information about
large piles of cobbles and excavated
is inhabited by songbirds such as Bewick's
considered to be oak
5700 Arden Way
The grasses usually stand 6-36
high ground along the Sacramento River near
pristine setting which has preserved examples of
the history and natural history of this area should start
coordinates two large clean-up along
old channels of the river have been
throughout
areas. The slow process of natural
wren, yellow-rumped warbler
savanna.
Carmichael, CA 95608
Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency
inches tall, providing food and
Sutterville Road. Unfortunately, he ended up
what the land was like when grizzly bears roamed the
with the following:
the 23 mile parkway. The Spring Clean
cut off or dredger mining activities have left
California.
reclamation has returned some areas
and white-crowned
snowbound at the sawmill and was unable to
valley and waterfowl in flight darkened the sky.
(916) 486-2773
www.safca.org
protection for small
up occurs the 3rd Saturday in April and
deep depressions. These backwater areas
Larger mammals such as mule deer and
prevent his son, John Jr., from getting into cahoots
Native American archeological sites are hidden
A History of the Lower American River, edited and
to a semi-natural state while the most
sparrow.
mammals such
the Fall Clean Up occurs the 3rd
typically contain large open
with a wily Sam Brannan and laying out lots along
among the more obvious artifacts from Sutter’s time
updated by Bill Dillinger. Published by American River
mountain lion use riparian habitats such as
severely altered areas can still be
as deer mice,
the embarcadero of what is now Old Sacramento.
and the especially visible recent evidence of the Gold
Natural History Association, 1991.
Saturday in September.
water areas with a
Oak woodland and oak
those in the Parkway to move between the
Save the American River Association
seen today.
Many floods later, we recognize Sutter’s wisdom.
Rush era commerce along the river. Windrows of
Riparian Forest
savanna are home to a
California
fringe of emergent
LIVE OAK
Central Valley and the adjacent Sierra
www.sarariverwatch.org
As the population of Sacramento grew and
dredger tailings testify to massive efforts to retrieve
Biking and Hiking the American River Parkway, Robin
• Invasive Plant Removal: The
variety of bird species such as the wild
vole,
marsh plants such
A common habitat type
Nevada mountains.
experienced the river’s periodic flooding, levees
gold from ancient beds of the
Donnelly. Published by American River Natural History
broad-footed
Foundation is responsible from
Riverine
turkey, California quail, plain titmouse,
as cattails and rushes.
located along the
were built which began to narrow the floodplain.
American River. Several
Association, 1996.
COMMON
removing 10 different species of
mole and
scrub jay, rufous-sided towhee, acorn
With the completion of Folsom Dam in 1955,
outfits, principally the
The American River is a
The calm waters provide
American River Parkway
GOPHER SNAKE
Soil Born Farms
invasive plants along the entire
POISON
Dredger Tailing Vegetation
black-tailed
residential and commercial development of the
Natomas Company,
The Outdoor World of the Sacramento Region, A
woodpecker, as well as larger predators
large riverine system
excellent habitat for ducks
is riparian forest. Riparian
www.soilborn.org
OAK
historic floodplain was completed.
dredged about 1900
Local Field Guide, edited by Jo Smith. Published by
parkway.
jackrabbit. Grassland predators
MALLARD
Gold mining activities in the early part of
like the great horned owl. Oaks within the
which carries water
such as cinnamon teal,
habitat consists of a complex,
acres between 1900
American River Natural History Association, 1993.
the 20th century left behind large piles of
include gopher snake, red-tailed
from the Sierra
American wigeon and
multi-layered canopy of tall and medium
woodland and savanna provide excellent
Fortunately for Sacramento, and because of the
and 1962, moving
• Restoration: A number of new oak
RIVER OTTER
cobbles, some of which remain visible
hawk, white-tailed kite and coyote.
foresight of people like William Pond, then director
more than a
Discovering the American River Parkway. Published
Nevada and
mallard.
sized trees. Occasional shrubs are found
nesting and roosting sites for large birds of
grooves have been planted along the
Water Forum
today. These tailings are sparsely
prey such as red-tailed hawk which forage
Some open areas within the Parkway
of the County Department of Parks, the American
billion cubic
by American River Natural History Association, 2000.
eventually flows into the
beneath the tree canopy and annual
parkway with the help of hundreds of
www.waterforum.org
River Parkway Plan was incorporated in the
yards of gravel
vegetated with patches of riparian
on small mammals. Mammals
have been
Sacramento River and ultimately
grasses and forbs form the lowermost
COYOTE
volunteers from the Foundation.
Emergent Marsh
County’s 1962 General Plan and land acquisition
before the last
overtaken
vegetation found in "dredger hollows," the
such as western gray squirrel,
San Francisco Bay. Due to the
vegetation layer. The tree canopy is
began for the Parkway. Now urbanized along its
of the huge
Schools, businesses and individuals
Emergent marsh habitat is found in still or
by
depressions between mounds of cobble.
striped skunk and mule deer
entire length in Sacramento County, the river lies
dredger-
upstream Folsom Dam, flows through
usually dominated by
Volunteer Center
adopt and care for the grooves.
slow moving, shallow water located along
invasive
within the Parkway preserved by those visionary
bucket machines
Within the hollows, species such as
can also be found within
the American River Parkway area are
cottonwood, valley oak and
the edges of the river and on the banks of
yellow star
cottonwood and willow are able to tap
these habitats along the
relatively controlled. Most of the
willow, with occasional white
open water areas. These marshes are
thistle. Efforts
riverine habitat is fast moving, open
groundwater and prosper. Shrubs such as
American River
alder, box elder and Oregon
The
dominated by aquatic vegetation such as
coyote bush, coffeeberry and elderberry
are
The
water without any vegetation. A variety
ash. Understory species include
Parkway.
Safety
Rules & Regulations
cattail, tule, soft rush and blue vervain.
are scattered, with sparse annual grasses,
currently underway to curb the spread
of fish including several
wild grape, wild rose,
GRAY SQUIRREL
Birds such as green heron and great egret
over the old dredge piles. Animal species
of this weedy species.
native species (salmon,
blackberry and
Bicycles
Pedestrians
American
feed on western toad, pacific chorus frog,
found within the more densely vegetated
American
Bicycle Speed Limit: The speed limit along the
Who To Contact: For information on the American
steelhead, Sacramento
elderberry.
• Stay to the right / pass on the left. Be sure to
• Pedestrians use the left shoulder. Joggers and
bullfrog and other inhabitants of this
entire bicycle trail is 15 miles per hour.
River Parkway or other county parks, call (916)
dredger tailing habitat are
squawfish, Sacramento
always pass others going in your direction on their
walkers should use the left dirt shoulder of the
875-6961 or write to:
densely vegetated, shallow-water habitat.
MULE
similar to those found in
left side and move back to the right once safely
bicycle trail facing bicycle traffic.
sucker) and several
Sacramento County Parks
CHINOOK
DEER
River Parkway
Motorized Vehicles: Motorized vehicles, including
the riparian forest. The
River Parkway
past. (Faster traffic is responsible for yielding to
introduced species
SALMON
3711 Branch Center Road
• Joggers and walkers should travel in single file
motorcycles, scooters and mopeds, are
slower and oncoming traffic.)
PACIFIC
sparser areas are
(American shad, striped
prohibited from the bicycle trail.
Sacramento, CA 95827
rather than side by side.
CHORUS
home to western
bass) can be found within the
FROG
• If you need to stop, be sure to pull completely off
American River Parkway Foundation
fence lizard, alligator
Equestrians
American River. Predators such
Park Maintenance: call (916) 875-PARK (7275)
WESTERN
Bicycles on Designated Trails Only: Bicycles are
5700 Arden Way
the trail. By doing this, it is less likely that you may
lizard, and western
• Travel at a safe speed. Approach each bend in
as great blue heron and river otter can
RATTLESNAKE
allowed only on the area of the Parkway
Carmichael, CA 95608
be hit by someone who either is not paying attention
the trail as if someone were around the corner.
rattlesnake.
designated as bicycle trail.
sometimes be seen on the river. Other
Park Rangers: call (916) 875-PARK (7275)
(916) 486-2773
or who may have nowhere else to go.
common species seen on the river are
• Let others know if your horse is safe to pass.
For information on Folsom Lake or Lake Natoma,
beaver, muskrat and western pond
• Wear a helmet. Statewide, approximately 70-85%
Horses on the Horse Trail Only: Horses are
• Avoid areas along the trail that are soft and muddy;
call (916) 988-0205 or write to:
of all bicycle injuries are head injuries.
allowed only on the designated horse trail.
turtle.
deep hoof ruts make it difficult for others to use the
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
trail.
7806 Folsom-Auburn Road
• Yield when entering and crossing trails. Obey traffic
Oak Woodland
Grassland
Riparian
Emergent
River
Riparian
Open
Riparian Forest
Dredger Tailing
Oak Savanna
Dogs on Leash: All animals must be kept on a
Folsom, CA 95630
signs, trail closures and detour signs. Be aware of
leash no longer than six feet and kept in complete
• Plan ahead. Avoid being on the trail after dark.
Scrub
Marsh
Island
Water
Vegetation
signs warning of hazards.
physical control by owners at all times.
The trails can become hard to see and treacherous.
Folsom Lake State Park Rangers For Emergencies
Graphics designed by
Allow time for loading the horse into its trailer.
Bjorn Gregersen of
•Be predictable. Travel in a consistent manner.
Only: call (916) 988-7322
Skates: In-line and roller skates are permitted
ECORP Consulting, Inc.
Always look behind you before changing position
• Wear a helmet at all times.
along the bicycle trail. Skateboards and rollerskis
Brochure design updates by
on the trail and give an audible signal when passing.
are not permitted. Skaters must obey the 15 mph
Emergencies along the Parkway:
• Be cautious of low branches and obstructions on
speed limit.
Tri-City Technologies
If an emergency occurs along the parkway and
the trail.
• Ride in single file. The bicycle trail is a single lane
immediate attention is needed by fire, ambulance
or law enforcement, do the following:
in each direction capable of handling one bicycle
Boating
Hours of Use: The American River Parkway is a
in each lane. Riding in a single file with other cyclists
• Boating Safety Hints and Guide Map are available
day use facility. Hours are posted at each facility
• Note the mile marker along the bicycle trail
reduces your chances of collisions with each other
entrance and vary with the season.
from California Department of Boating and
where the incident occurred.
and with oncoming cyclists.
Waterways; A Boating Guide to the American River
Parkway. Phone (916) 263-1331. Also available from
Camping: Camping is prohibited along the
• Watch your speed. The trails are not designed for
• Locate one of the blue emergency call boxes
Print
Mail
Fulfi llment
County Dept. of Regional Parks, Recreation & Open
Parkway. Folsom State Park offers camping at
along the trail or find a public phone and dial “911.”
fast riding. Ride “within your abilities”; not so fast
Beals Point.
Space and boat rental companies.
that you can’t react to what is happening around
Emergency call boxes are located at various places
along the bicycle trail and will automatically dial the
you.
Life Preserver
Glass: Glass beverage containers are prohibited.
emergency operator when the button on the box is
• All children ages 13 and under are to wear life
pressed.
preservers when in the portions of public waterways
Private Property: Private property within the
within the unincorporated area of Sacramento
• Most park personnel are equipped with 2-way
Parkway is posted. Please respect it.
County.
$5.00 - Proceeds to benefit the American River Parkway
radios and can ensure a quick response.
PIONEER EXPRESS
TRAIL TO AUBURN
Old Sacramento
American River Parkway
Walk, pedal or ride a horse: the trails all begin (or
end) here, where the early American settlers
Beals
made their most visible marks. After the discovery
Point
of gold in 1848, merchants and hoteliers were
Discovery Park
Fishing
needed to support miners and the rapidly growing
Bannon Slough, the American River and the Sacramento
The American River boasts
population. Seasonal flooding and devastating
River merge at the western end of the Parkway -- Discovery
the only fall migration of
fires failed to deter these early pioneers. They built
Park. Reservable picnic sites, an archery range, large
king (also known
their businesses of brick and then physically
beach, boat ramp and many acres of habitat make it a
TRAIL SYSTEM
as chinook)
raised the ground level of their waterfront city by a
Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail
desirable destination. Bannon Island and the slough provide
salmon to occur
The Jedediah Smith Bicycle Trail
dozen feet to protect against
year-round riparian and open water habitat for wildlife.
in an urban setting. Natural
extends nearly 32 miles from Old
flooding.
spawning occurs where
Sacramento to Beal's Point. Bicycles
Folsom Reservoir
Sacramento became so
appropriately sized spawning
Folsom Dam
share the trail with pedestrians, who walk
successful the west coast
Bicycling
Boating
Completed in 1955, Folsom Dam brought the
gravels exist, from about Watt
terminus of the Pony
and jog on the left shoulder, facing traffic.
era of piecemeal reclamation of the flood
Sacramento has always had bicycle
Most boating within the Parkway is by way of
Avenue upstream to the fish hatchery.
Express, telegraph and
Discovery
No motor vehicles, skateboards, or
plain to an end and opened it to residential
enthusiasts, beginning with the Capital
muscle-powered canoes, kayaks and rafts which
Viewing this magnificent spectacle is best in
trans-continental
rollerskis are allowed on the trail. An
and commercial development. A part of the
Park
City Wheelmen who lobbied successfully
launch upstream and take out downstream,
the Sunrise Boulevard area, where hundreds of
railroad found its home
unpaved equestrian trail roughly parallels
federal Central Valley Project, Folsom
for a cinder path from Sacramento to
using the many access points for
Equestrian
salmon can be observed completing their mating ritual.
here. Old
the bicycle trail through the Parkway,
Reservoir provides water, electricity, flood
Folsom. At its completion in 1896, 500
boats. Raft rentals and shuttle
The Nimbus Fish Hatchery also provides self-guided tours
Sacramento's many
generally providing spatial separation
Shown by a dashed red line
control and recreation for the region. More
cyclists pedaled off on the inaugural
services are available during the
and educational displays. During the fall and early winter months,
between wheeled and hoofed
fine museums will help
where it winds away from
information is available from California State
journey over what would become the
summer season. Daily river
the river is closed to fishing between Ancil Hoffman Park and
transportation.
you experience the
its parallel course with the
Parks.
Jedediah Smith Memorial Bicycle Trail.
flow rates are available by
Hazel Avenue to protect natural spawing. Steelhead also naturally
tumultuous early days.
Schoolhouse Museum
Bushy Lake - Cal Expo
bicycle trail, the
The existing trail runs almost 32 miles
calling the Bureau of
spawn in the river and the introduced species, shad and striped
equestrian trail winds
from Old Sacramento to Beal's Point on
Reclamation, (916)
bass, make their presence known during the late spring and
Once filled from recurrent high water in the river,
Folsom
through some of the more
Bushy Lake now receives most of its water from
Folsom Reservoir.
978-5117.
summer months. A current fishing license is required at all times.
scenic and serene segments of
Prison
wells at Cal Expo, site of the California State Fair.
Motorized boats
Poaching can seriously endanger our resources and should be
the Parkway, with staging
and fishing dories can
reported to CalTIP 1-800-952-5400.
The lake and surrounding grasslands provide
facilities located at the points
Old Folsom
be launched at boat ramps and some auto
important habitat for wood ducks and other
designated by the horseshoe
access points. There is a 5 mph speed limit on the
What is now the City of Folsom was surrounded by gold strikes: Mormon Island
waterfowl and for elderberry bushes which are
symbol.
Lower American River.
RAINBOW
supported a population of over 2,500 during its heyday. Its remnants can be
home to the valley elderberry long horned beetle,
BRIDGE
seen today only when Folsom Reservoir is drained to very low levels. Settled
a federally and state protected endangered
first as a trading center, Mississippi Bar turned out to be a rich strike. Even
species. Bushy Lake is popular with bird-watchers
and hikers seeking uncrowded and natural
Negro Bar
today, its gravels are mined by Teichert Aggregates, who will ultimately restore
Effie Yeaw Nature
conditions.
FOLSOM
the natural habitat. The historic Negro Bar was located on the south side of the
Center
HISTORIC TRUSS
river now covered by Lake Natoma, but was once the site of a prosperous hotel
PEDESTRIAN / BIKE
and gold deposits which were worked by several companies before being
The Nature Center and 73-acre
BRIDGE
absorbed into Folsom. The Folsom Powerhouse switch was thrown first in 1895,
nature area is located in Ancil
electrifying Sacramento, 22 miles downstream. When Folsom Dam was
Hoffman Park and named for
State
completed the old powerhouse became obsolete. Folsom Prison was built in
schoolteacher Effie Yeaw.
Capitol
Sutter's Landing Park
1880. The historic prison lies northeast of Old Town Folsom and is still in use
Yeaw led nature walks
CAL
today.
The former City of Sacramento
primarily for school
Legend
EXPO
landfill, including the 29th and B
children to share her
Streets point near which John
love and knowledge of the natural history of the American
NATOMA
Sutter stepped ashore in 1839,
Bushy
River. The Nature Center is funded by fees for nature tours
PENNSYLVANIA
OLIVE
AVE.
Sutter's Fort
AVE.
AVE.
will be developed as a city park.
Lake
and underwritten by the American River Parkway
Jedediah Smith Trail
Sutter’s Fort, the oldest restored
Foundation, American River Natural History Association, the
Folsom
fort in the West, is located at
(
Equestrian Trail)
County of Sacramento and contributions by individuals.
San Juan
Rossmoor
27th and L Streets (self-guided tours,
Rapids
Powerhouse
Featured are exhibits, trails and interpretive programs in 77
Vehicle access with parking*
7 days a week,
Bar
acres of riparian woodland, grassland and oak woodland.
Christmas,
John
Jim's
Sacramento
Paradise
Bridge
Thanksgiving
Sutter
Effie Yeaw
Equestrian trail staging
Beach
Bar
SOUTH
Sailor
Mississippi Bar
and New Year’s
Arden Bar / William Pond Recreation Area
Nature Center
BRIDGE ST.
Chinese Diggins/Gold Mining
excepted).
Bar
Extensively mined for gravel, Arden Bar was reclaimed and
Willow
Ancil Hoffman
Having been granted land by the
named for William B. Pond, former director of Sacramento
Creek
Located at Highway 50 and
Handicap fishing pier
Mexican government, Sutter
Park
American River
Golfing
CAMPUS COMMONS
County Parks Department. The Recreation Area now features a
Folsom Boulevard, this is an
Raft Rentals
established his fort as the biggest and
GOLF COURSE
California State University,
warm water fishing pond regularly stocked with trout,
example of one type of
Two golf courses are located
best in all of California at the time.
largemouth bass, sunfish, crappie and catfish and is equipped
hydraulicking, a form of gold
within the Parkway. Ancil
Restroom
Sutter’s rancho, New Helvetia,
Sacramento
EL MANTO
with a handicapped accessible fishing pier. The American River
mining using water under
Hoffman Park (named for a
DR.
stretched from the mouth of the
CADILLAC DR.
CSUS occupies the site which was
gravitational flow. Presumably,
Sacramento County Supervisor)
Parkway Foundation's Visitor Center will be located at the site
Nimbus
American River along the south bank
once Brighton, an important agricultural
Chinese miners created this
contains an 18-hole golf course
of the old gravel company office.
ARPF
Jim's Bridge
Flat
Public telephone
to the present Bradshaw Road.
settlement. Vast fields of hops became
River Bend
shoulder-wide, 30 foot deep
and Campus Commons is a
OFFICE
The former gravel company
Alder
Campus Commons after Folsom Dam
trench which still exists, but on
9-hole course located just
Hagen
bridge from Sacramento Bar
Creek
was completed in 1955. A Pony
private property. Remnants
downstream of the “H” Street
to Lower Sunrise was named
E
Emergency call box
Park
Express remount station - the 5-Mile
of the gold mining era
Bridge.
for Jim Jones, a river activist
House - was located near the southern
UNIVERSITY
exist throughout the
SOIL-BORN
who has championed the
AVE.
edge of the campus.
FARMS
Parkway.
Lower American River since
Picnic area
Guy West
Nimbus Dam
1969.
Bridge
River Bend
Nimbus Dam forms a
reservoir called Lake
Camp site
Formerly named Goethe Park. The park
JED SMITH
Natoma that serves as the
DRIVE
William B. Pond
features hundreds of large oak trees
regulator of flows from Folsom
providing shade for a large picnic area
ROSEVILLE
Recreation Area
Dam and diverts water into the
and habitat for deer and wild turkeys.
Nimbus Fish Hatchery
Boat ramp**
Folsom South Canal, capable of
Gristmill
This is the takeout point for thousands
Made necessary by Folsom and Nimbus
carrying 3,500 cfs into the San
of river rafters and shuttle buses leave
Dams blocking access to historic
hourly for Sunrise Blvd. during the
Joaquin Valley. CSUS operates
Mile marker
spawning gravels, the hatchery
its Aquatic Center here and
rafting season.
artificially spawns king salmon
provides opportunities for flatwater
DRIVE
and steelhead, raises the young
Am eric an R iv er Park w a y
FOLSOM
recreation including rowing, wind-surfing and canoeing.
County bike route
FAIR
and releases them back to the
DOWNTOWN
OAKS
SACRAMENTO
river as well as into the Delta.
Drinking fountains
The best time to take advantage
throughout parkway
of the self-guided tour of the
RANCHO
hatchery's educational displays
CORDOVA
and visitor center is during the
Facility locations as of January 2009
peak migration time for salmon,
* Parking fees are enforced and citations are
October through December.
treated as parking violations.
** Parking and boat-launch permits are available
at the Sacramento County Parks office.
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