Red Bluff Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

[Photograph]:  Lake Red Bluff shoreline.

The sparkling Sacramento River bisects 488 acres of riparian forest, flowering grasslands, wetlands, and oak woodlands providing very diverse Naturewatch experiences. Visitor facilities are closed.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The boat launch and day use area are open. The campgrounds remain closed.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Closest Towns: Red Bluff, CA - all services.
Water: Potable
Restroom: Vault
Passes: Annual Boat Launch Pass - $30.00, daily launch fee - $6.00 Available at Mendocino National Forest Office in Willows or Red Bluff Recreation Office.
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

General Notes:

Over 125 species of birds literally flock to this variety of habitats over the course of the year. 

Fishing opportunities attract otter, herons, egrets, ospreys and bald eagles.

The trails provide great views of Mount Shasta, Mount Lassen, and the Yolla Bolly Mountains, which are especially scenic in the winter and spring when they are capped with snow.


The Red Bluff Recreation Area is adjacent to the Sacramento River on Sale Lane in Red Bluff, CA. This site is open year round unless flooding or high winds occur.

Arriving from the North on I-5

Take the CA-36/Antelope Blvd exit toward Central Red Bluff/CA-99. Turn Left onto CA-36/Antelope Blvd. Turn right onto Sale Lane. The entrance gate is approximately 2 miles down Sale lane.

Arriving from the South on I-5

Take the exit for Central Red Bluff/Antelope Blvd/Hwy 36. Turn Right onto Antelope Blvd. Turn right on Sale Lane. The entrance gate is approximately 2 miles down Sale Lane.

Arriving from Chico on CA-99

Continue onto State Hwy 36W/Antelope Blvd. Turn Left on Sale Lane. The entrance gate is approximately 2 miles down Sale lane.

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Boating - Motorized

The Sacramento River, from the Delta to the city of Redding, is accessible by boat from Lake Red Bluff. There are two boat launches at the Red Bluff site, one upstream of the dam on Lake Red Bluff (free when available) and the other downstream of the dam which has a daily launch fee ($6) or an annual permit ($30).

Areas for Boating - Motorized at Red Bluff Recreation Area


Picnic tables All Sites
Drinking water Potable
Interpretive Site Sacramento River Discovery Center
Toilets Comfort Stations with Showers, vault toilets
Parking Parking Available
Boat ramp $6 per day
Fee charged for some activities Yes
Tent camping Sycamore Grove Campground
Accessible Accessible trails, restrooms, and campgrounds.
Camping trailer Up to 40 ft
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