Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area

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About Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area

Straddling the Sacramento River, Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area is nestled in the gorgeous oak woods with the serene Mount Shasta, Mount Lassen, and Trinity alps looming in the distance. With a beautifully unspoiled natural riparian setting, visitors enjoy many year-round water activities on the Sacramento as well as wildlife watching and hiking. A very special aspect of the park--its 186 acre nature preserve on the west bank--offers refuge to our nation’s very own Bald Eagle as well as many other birds and flora/fauna, and incredible insight into one of the few remaining native riparian areas in all of California.

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Woodson Bridge Campground

1. Woodson Bridge Campground

This campground is located right near the Sacramento River with a little under 40 accessible sites. Due to its fairly unknown nature, the...

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Rob: A small campground right on the Sacramento River. I stayed here in winter, and it was tule fog and quite chilly, as is common...
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Try and head out there during the fall/spring when temperatures aren’t at the scorching levels that accompany the summer months.

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You can find some great fall color among the trees during the autumn months (an aspect generally lost among wildlife in the West Coast).

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Head south for a bit and check out Tehama County Park, with some nice sand and gravel beaches and other amenities.

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Rent a tube and just float down the river! Who needs paddles when you can sit and enjoy the water with minimal physical effort.

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Mosquito season is no joke at Woodson Bridge -- bring adequate repellant and be prepared to fight off those flying vampires.

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A small campground right on the Sacramento River.

I stayed here in winter, and it was tule fog and quite chilly, as is common in the Sacramento Valley in winter. Only a couple of other campers, and unfortunately the showers and restrooms were dirty and disrepair, as is typical of CA state parks these days.

The big attraction hereabouts is the biggest wildlife display in California, and one of the very biggest in the West. Amazing how people head to Yosemite to see hardly any critters when just off Interstate 5 is the best display around. That is, the winter birds in the Sacramento Valley refuge network. Check out the main unit just south at Road 68. Auto tour, nature trail, etc.

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Hipcamper Geoff

Great jumping off point for the Corning and Chico areas. Great access to fishing on the Sacramento River with trail access and boat ramp close by. Bait shops available within walking distance. Short drive to olive tasting in Corning, wine tasting near Vina or a day trip to Chico.

Campground is clean with beautiful surroundings. Been here twice and have never had a problem getting a site. $31 a night is bit steep which might be why. But for this area it's the best place to camp. Spaces for RVs and tents. Coin showers, bathrooms, potable water, picnic benches and fire pits. No RV hookups.

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History of Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area

Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area was actually one of the 48 California state parks proposed for closure in January 2008 by California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as part of a deficit reduction program, but the closure was since rescinded after public outcry (thank goodness). The space is now managed by American Land and Leisure and is open to the public.