I’m planning a trip from Redding, CA south maybe down to Chico or so.
Anyone know if it is difficult to get around the Red Bluff dam? Do you have to portage or is there a lock?
Is 15 miles per day average a reasonable estimate?
Any “must see” or camp locations worth mentioning?
I don’t even have a boat yet but I have flexibility in time, a strong back and a good dog. What else ya need?
PS - Found this: https://dbw.parks.ca.gov/pages/28702/files/SactoRiver.pdf
Redding (Keswick Dam) to Colusa
Boat launching facilities and good boating conditions are
available to the public within the Redding area. There are no nautical charts to show the water
depths between Keswick Dam and Colusa and the channel is not dredged. The water may be
swift, and the depth changes continually due to shifting sands and silt. Boat operators should
watch the river bed carefully to find the channel. Due to the shifting channel, snags, submerged
debris, and shallowness, motorboats may have difficulty navigating portions of the river.
Diversion dams block the river at Redding and Red Bluff.
Boaters should be aware of the impassible irrigation diversion dam located just upstream of
State Highway 273 in Caldwell Park. Boaters traveling downstream should launch downstream
at Turtle Bay Park in order to avoid this hazard.
Boaters should also be aware of the seasonal closure of the Sacramento River at the Red Bluff
Diversion Dam, which forms Lake Red Bluff on a seasonal basis (May 16 through September 14).
The reservoir is located on the Sacramento River about 2 miles southeast of Red Bluff.