American (Lower) River
January 19, 1981. The American River is characterized by long, tree-lines pools separated by gravel bottom riffles. The river is lined with lush riparian growth that includes walnut, oak, cottonwood, and sycamore trees. The riparian hardwood strip along the Lower American River supports a wildlife community similar to the North Coast, with differences associated with high use by the public and many years of influence by civilization. This short stretch of river, flowing through the city of Sacramento, is the most heavily used recreation river in California. It provides an urban greenway for trail and boating activities and is also known for its runs of steelhead trout and salmon.
January 19, 1981. From the confluence with the Sacramento River to the Nimbus Dam.
The anadromous fishery of the lower American River includes salmon, steelhead, striped bass, and American shad. A limited warmwater fishery for largemouth black bass, various sunfish, and catfish, together with a few trout and striped bass, supports a summer fishery. The lower American River is fishable year-round. Human uses of the river make fishing conditions less than perfect, but during the fall and winter good fishing is possible.
The entire 23-mile segment is located within the American River Parkway. The Parkway greenbelt provides many recreational opportunities adjacent to the river, including hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, and picnicking. The river itself provides opportunities to swim, boat, and fish. The river is one of the most popular areas for beginning canoeists and kayakers in the state of California. Floating and canoeing conditions are excellent. The river also sees heavy use by anglers seeking anadromous game fish.