Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area
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Introduction

Nestled along the Sacramento River between Chico and Red Bluff is Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area, a beautiful oak woodland park and unique RV camping location. Located along Highway A9 on South Avenue, three miles west of Highway 99, Corning, California, this recreation area, which sits at an elevation of 229 feet, provides wonderful camping and recreation opportunities for RV vacationers and visitors who love to enjoy water sports and the view of nature.

Activities at Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area include hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, fishing, interpretive exhibits, nature & wildlife viewing, boating, birding, canoeing/kayaking, swimming, and geocaching. Facilities and amenities at Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area include RV campsites and group campsites, parking, restrooms and showers, drinking water, ranger station.

A unique feature of Woodson Bridge is the preserve. This dense native riparian forest is a winter home to the Bald Eagle and a summer nest site for the Yellow Billed Cuckoo. This jungle-like grove displays some of the last remaining riparian habitat to be found in California.

Nearby attractions to Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area include Mount Shasta, Mount Lassen, and the Trinity Alps.

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Transportation in Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area

Driving

Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area is located on South Avenue, three miles west of Highway 99 at Vina. Located along Highway A9, Corning, Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area is a simple drive-in park, easily accessible by RVs, trailers, and other motorized vehicles. Most of the roads in the park are paved while some are gravel. There are no driving restrictions within Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area.

Parking

There is one parking lot for RVs, trailers, and cars in Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area located around the Ranger Station. Overnight parking is available for RV campers at the various campsites in the park.

Public Transport

There are no public transportation facilities available at Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area.

Campgrounds and parking in Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area

Campsites in Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area

Reservations camping

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Woodson Bridge Campground

Woodson Bridge Campground in Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area features 37 pet-friendly standard campsites available for RVs and tents. There are no RV hookups available in the campground. RV length limit at the campground is 31 feet. Restrooms and showers, as well as fire ring with grills are available at the campground. The driveway surface in the campground is gravel. Camping is on a first come first served basis during the fall, winter and spring, but reservations are necessary during the summer months.

Seasonal activities in Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area

In-Season

Boating

Boating is a very popular activity for RV campers at Woodson Bridge Recreation Area because of the Sacramento River which lies to the northwest of the park. Thanks to the easily accessible boat ramp located in the park, RV campers and visitors can bring their motorboats, canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards and slide into the Sacramento River current. Moreover, boat and motor rentals are available for campers without their own boats. Hence, whichever way, you’re covered!

Fishing

Fishing is available year-round on Sacramento River; hence, Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area offers RV campers amazing opportunities to enjoy river angling. Whether campers decide to fish from the shore or on a boat, there are plenty of opportunities to catch king salmon, steelhead and rainbow trout, striped bass, smallmouth and largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, shad, Sacramento sucker, catfish, herrings, minnows and sturgeon. No matter when campers visit the park, they'll have a great time angling in the area.

Hiking

Woodson Bridge State Recreation offers wonderful hiking opportunities for campers and visitors on trails that allow hikers enjoy the scenic natural features in the park. The most common trail in the park, the Sacramento River Trail, which traverses the shore of the river, is sited in a shaded setting, offering hikers shade from the sun with age-old grand oaks and gorgeous willows, as well as many other trees and thickets that blanket the shores of the Sacramento River.

Off-Season

Flora

Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area features abundant plant species (more than a hundred) which have been identified, the most prominent being the large valley oak. Other plentiful flora in the park include California black walnut, Oregon ash, black cottonwood, sycamore, and willow. Beneath the oaks and cottonwoods along the river in the park is a profusion of elderberry, wild grape, and wildflowers in season.

Wildlife/Bird Viewing

Wildlife watching is an activity that RV campers love to enjoy at Woodson Bridge Stat Recreation Area as the western part of the river acts as a wildlife preserve. The jungle-like riparian habitat provides shelter sanctuary for nesting bald eagles in winter and the elusive Yellow Billed Cuckoo in the summer.

The habitat also offers great bird-watching opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts alike. Other birds that populate the area include quails, owls, hawks, falcons, and many songbirds.

Swimming

During peak times in summer, it gets pretty hot around Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area, which means RV campers get to enjoy taking a dip in the consistently-cool Sacramento River. Due to the strong currents of the river, swimmers are advised to have prior experience before launching into the river for a swim. The broad sand and gravel beach provides the opportunity to enjoy the sun and enjoy the Sacramento River.

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