Sycamore Island to Open for Fishing and Outdoor Recreation


February 1, 2017

Fresno, CA - The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust is pleased to announce the 2017 opening of Sycamore Island on Saturday, February 4th at 6:00 am. For many years, Central Valley anglers have come to know and appreciate the great fishing opportunities at Sycamore Island. The seven inland ponds and nearly 3 miles of riverbank offer some of the best bass, crappie, catfish, and bluegill fishing in the region. Additionally, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife plants rainbow trout into the trout pond twice a month. Boat ramps for light-weight fishing boats are available. New this year, we are offering canoe and kayak rentals.

Sycamore Island is a great place for families to fish, bird watch, hike, run, kayak, canoe, picnic, ride mountain bikes, or simply relax and take in the beauty of the San Joaquin River and the wildlife inhabitants that make it their home.

The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust has spent the last 28 years working with local landowners and agencies to acquire land, build trails, and improve habitat along the river for people and wildlife. The Trust is now the primary provider of public access to lands once closed to the public; offering nature walks and field trips to a variety of locations along the 22-mile Parkway, and public fishing operations at Sycamore Island and Camp Pashayan.

Sycamore Island will be open Fridays through Sundays and holidays from February 4 to November 11. Seasonal hours of operation are 6:00 am to 5:30 pm February, March, October, and November; 6:00 am to 7:00 pm April and September; and 6:00 am to 8:30 pm May through August. Entry fees are $9.00 per vehicle and $5.00 per trailer. Snacks, drinks, and bait are available for purchase. Sycamore Island is located in Madera County near Valley Children’s Hospital.

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Sarah Parkes, Director of Annual Giving 
(559) 248-8480 ext. 107
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