Description - Sailor Bar is a park with a lot of history and wonderful present day opportunities. Settled by gold-seeking sailors, this park was dredged for gold during the Gold Rush. Today, visitor activities such as rafting, fishing, horseback riding and nature gazing, have replaced the adventures of historic explorers. Explore new lands and waters, but be careful and safe around Sailor Bar.
- Sailor Bar is a very popular launching spot for small watercraft and rafts. A gravel road provides launch access. An equestrian trail weaves through the park, while access to the Jedediah Smith Memorial Bike Trail can be found across the river.
Early fall finds fishing enthusiasts' eager to take advantage of both pond and river fishing. A fishing pond near the river offers year-round angling. Also near this pond is a nature trail that leads to riparian (riverside) and historic locations where deer, coyotes, hawks and owls may be seen.
The park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Parking fees are collected 365 days a year, even on special event days and on weekends.
Recreation - Fishing, paddling, wildlife viewing, horseback riding and bike riding take place in and near Sailor Bar County Park.
Climate - A generally warm, dry climate prevails in the Central Valley; it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Precipitation in the region falls mainly from October through April. Winter temperatures tip well below freezing producing frost, however, snow is very rare. Summer temperatures above 100 degrees F are part of the normal pattern.
To reach the park from U.S. Highway 50, exit onto Hazel Avenue. Make a left at Winding Way, then another left on Illinois Avenue. The park entrance will be at the bottom of a small hill.