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Sacramento Barge Canal

Sacramento + Davis Metro Area, California

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  • Parking lot at the entrance of the Sacramento Canal.- Sacramento Barge Canal
  • Paddling the Sacramento Barge Canal.- Sacramento Barge Canal
  • Views from the Sacramento Barge Canal.- Sacramento Barge Canal
  • Birds nest under the Lake Washington Boulevard Bridge.- Sacramento Barge Canal
  • Loading dock for transport ships coming from the Bay Area.- Sacramento Barge Canal
  • Industrial loading and unloading site along the Port of Sacramento.- Sacramento Barge Canal
  • Industrial loading and unloading site along the Port of Sacramento.- Sacramento Barge Canal
  • Local crew teams frequently practice in the canal.- Sacramento Barge Canal
  • - Sacramento Barge Canal
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy access. Wildlife viewing.
Cons: 
Trash along the riverside.
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Region:
Sacramento + Davis Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Site characteristics: Water: 
River
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Portage required: 
Yes
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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In the heart of Sacramento visitors can experience the area’s vibrant art scene with Second Saturdays, listen to up-and-coming artists perform during the summer Concerts in the Park series, or perhaps sprawl out on a lawn chair under The Barn, which hosts a wide variety of outdoor events. But among the locals, a lesser known area draws them outside: the Port of West Sacramento’s Barge Canal.

It’s easy river access and less crowded waterfront is perfect for the casual boater or fisherman. With little current pushing or pulling you in either direction, the canal is the ideal location for a quick and easy paddle out or getaway from the hustle and bustle of Sacramento’s nearby downtown.

The lure of the American River that connects to the canal has it’s perks too, but the port gives a unique peek into the region’s cargo and commodity transportation. This man-made canal stretches over 40 miles and is approximately 30 feet deep, and it connects to Suisan Bay and San Francisco.

As you paddle west along along the canal you will see both remnant and active loading and unloading stations that have helped transport the area’s rich agriculture all over the world. It isn't just commodities and cargo that frequent the river passage, however. Migrating Canada geese also use this stretch of water as a pit stop on their travels north.

As the state capital, Sacramento has been at the epicenter and crossway of California’s trade and politics for decades. A journey along the Barge Canal is a journey through part of what made that history possible.

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