Sycamore Island 

The Trust started operating Sycamore Island in 2013 under a 5-year agreement with the San Joaquin River Conservancy.  We have an entire page dedicated to fishing at Sycamore Island.  You can also buy park passes online, or follow us on Facebook.

Not a fisherman?  Sycamore Island is still a great place to visit!  Sycamore island has three access points to the river for canoeing and kayaking, and has several miles of dirt roads that provide an excellent surface for trail running or walking.  There are three covered picnic shelters on the 350-acre property, and a bait shop that sells snacks and beverages.  Check it out and let us know what else you would like to see at the site!

You can find a Google map of the site here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zmETwMqImBSE.kZP-fWYh0p38.

 

Woodward Park

This beautiful park is operated by the City of Fresno and offers many amenities, including restrooms, picnic sites with barbecues, several ponds and streams, the Shin Zen Friendship Garden, 3 playgrounds, and access to the Lewis S. Eaton Trail and Jensen River Ranch.  For more information, check the City's website at http://www.fresno.gov/.

Directions: Take Highway 41 north, exit right on Friant road, left on Audubon, right into park.

Fee: $5/vehicle

Hours: Open daily, 7am-10pm, April-September, Open daily, 7am-7pm, October-March

 

Jensen River Ranch

Below the Woodward Park bluffs lies Jensen River Ranch, a 167-acre property owned by the San Joaquin River Conservancy. The River Parkway Trust is currently working on a restoration project on the site thatl includes habitat restoration, a trail network, and picnic sites near the river. For now, the property is accessible to pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians from the Lewis S. Eaton Trail and through Woodward Park. River access is currently available via an interim loop trail, which runs between the two pastures, along the riverbank, and then back toward the bluffs. While you're on the loop trail, be sure to look for Mexican Elderberry bushes, host to the Threatened Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle.

Hours: Open Daily 

 

Lost Lake Park

This 305-acre county park features riverfront picnic & barbecue facilities, restrooms, open wildlife habitat, boat launch, and a self-guided nature trail. Along the trail you’ll witness a variety of bird life as well as native American grinding holes in the boulders bordering the river. Straight across the river from the south end of the picnic area, you will see a tree that is home to a large flock of black-crowned night herons. Snowy egrets, Great Blue Herons and even an occasional bobcat can be spotted in the undeveloped areas of the park.

Directions: Take Highway 41 north to Friant Road. Follow Friant east 8 miles, park entrance will be on your left.

Fee: $5/vehicle

Hours: Open daily, 7am-10pm, April-September, Open daily, 7am-7pm, October-March

 

Camp Pashayan 

Camp Pashayan is owned by the State of California, Department of Fish and Wildlife and the San Joaquin River Conservancy, and is operated seasonally, May through September, by the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust. Camp Pashayan is located along the San Joaquin River immediately east of Highway 99.  

Directions: 7695 North Weber 

Fee: $6 per vehicle

Hours: 6am to 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays, May through September 

Fort Washington Beach

This privately-operated park, located at the end of Lanes Road, provides river access, picnic areas, and camping.

Contact the operator for the current fees at (559) 434-9600.

Hours: Open Daily 6am-dusk

 

Wildwood Native Park

This park is owned by the San Joaquin River Conservancy and managed by the City of Fresno. Amenities include restrooms, parking and river access for boating (hand carried craft only) and fishing. For more information, you can contact the Conservancy at (559) 253-7324.

Directions: Take Hwy. 41 north, exit Rio Mesa, turn right onto frontage road, turn left on access road for Cobb's Tree Farm and Wildwood Mobile Home park, gate for Wildwood Native Park is straight ahead.

Fee: Free

Hours: Open every Friday-Sunday and holidays, 7am-7pm

 

 

Friant Cove

Friant Cove is a park-and-ride and fishing access point in the town of Friant.  Friant Cove is owned by the San Joaquin River Conservancy and managed by California State Parks, Millerton Lake State Recreation Area.   Includes a hand-carried canoe launch, fishing, picnic tables, and restroom.  For information, call (559) 822-2332.

Directions:  Located on the corner of Friant Expressway and Road 206 

Fee: Free

Hours: Open seven days a week

 

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