Sacramento Metro Fire Safety Message Regarding Low-River-Level Rescue Operations

The Sacramento Metro Fire Department has recently communicated that fire department boat use for emergency calls may be handled differently due to the current low level of the American River.

Due to the low rainfall during the past few months, the river is clearly below the average water level compared to past years. As a result, Sacramento Metro Fire has communicated that rescue personnel may not have the ability to use boats for rescue efforts as widely as past years when the American River was at higher levels.  Low water levels may restrict maneuvering the rescue boats toward emergency locations in the river.

However, when appropriate, the Sacramento Metro Fire has emphasized that fire trucks will access the adjoining river levee surface as necessary to travel to emergency call rescue locations along the American River to engage rescue operations.  For fire department information not involving a current emergency situation, please access the Sacramento Metro Fire non-emergency telephone number.  For all emergencies in progress, call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance.

Sacramento Metro Fire Department has also communicated that individuals that access the river should follow all safety measures and use extreme caution since the water is very cold and generally moves faster at a lower level.  Obstructions, including tree limbs and other items under or partially under the river water surface, may create additional hazards for parties that are in the river water.

Sacramento Metro Fire and the City of Sacramento Fire Departments both continue to perform exceptional fire protection work, emergency medical services and rescue operations for the citizens of the Sacramento Area.   Hats off to the men and women of these agencies!

Please use extreme caution when accessing the American River. We all look forward a fun and safe summer of 2014 around the American River!

Bicycle Self-Repair Facilities along American River Bike Trail

A local Boy Scout, Scott McCuen, addressed a much needed service along the American River Bike Trail.  Scott decided to engage in fundraising to fund the cost of  bicycle self-repair stations along the American River Bike Trail.  Great idea, Scott!

For details regarding Scott’s project, please access the following article:

On behalf of all American River Bike Trail Bicyclists – Thank You Scott!

Best Place to Start A Walk or Ride Along the American River Bike Trail?

One of our website visitors posted a question requesting information on the best place to start a walk/ride along the American River Bike Trail.  The target date for the walk/ride is this coming Saturday – March 8, 2014 - with a perfect weather forecast!

Also, does the bike trail offer bicycle rentals?  If anyone is aware, please identify the location of the rental company and rental fees, if known.

In the interest of safety, it is a good idea to stay along the sections of the trail that have a consistent flow of bicycle traffic/walking traffic.  One section with easy automobile parking access is near the Guy West Walk Bridge (opposite the CSUS College Campus).  Proceed along the trail to the east – toward the Watt Avenue Bridge.   Nice scenery along the way.

It is always best to have at least one companion joining you along the trail.

Other website visitors have suggestions?

Help keep the American River Bike Trail Area Clean – Volunteer Today!

The American River Parkway Foundation does an excellent job each year coordinating several American River Parkway volunteer clean-up days.

The volunteer clean-up efforts basically include removing trash along the American River Bike Trail, which is part of the American River Parkway.

Please consider joining the nice folks that are part of the American River Parkway volunteer clean-up efforts.  Meet new people, get fresh air and exercise!

The volunteer form can be accessed at the following link: Volunteer Form.