The American River Bike Trail is an incredible resource for cyclists, offering 32 miles of uninterrupted pedaling.
From the flowing streams of the American River, you take you to beautiful Lake Natoma, a tranquil lake surrounded by scenic wilderness. It’s the perfect spot for any kind of non-motorized boating you’d like to do, from canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding to sailing and windsurfing. (Boats with a motor are permitted, but the lake’s speed limit of 5 mph keeps all but fishing boats away.)
Sacramento State Aquatic Center is located on the lake, where you can rent boats and take courses in sailing, rowing, and windsurfing with an emphasis on creating fun and safe experiences. It’s also internationally renowned for hosting world-class rowing championships.
Cast a Line
For anglers, the region is filled with excellent fishing opportunities. Fly fishing enthusiasts—and those who want to try it for the first time—can take advantage of Fish Habit Outfitters, an excellent guide service that leads trips on the American River. Try your hand at catching striped bass, shad, Chinook salmon, and steelhead.
Hit the Trails
Just off the lake, you’ll find a number of trails to help you explore the region. The paved American River Bike Trail (also known as the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail) is a 32-mile path that stretches from Lake Folsom all the way to downtown Sacramento, making it an excellent resource for cyclists. Other trails in the area—like the Middle Ridge and Shady Trails—are excellent options for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking.
Fly in the Sky
For those looking for an extreme adrenaline rush, the Skydive Lodi Parachute Center is a located about 40 minutes south of Rancho Cordova. Take the plunge from 13,000 feet above the ground (in tandem, attached to an instructor your first time) and get an unbelievable view of the area—as well as a once-in-a-lifetime thrill. If you want a more relaxing view from above, Sky Drifters offers hot-air balloon rides.
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