You should be ok...
Posted by: old_user on Jun-01-11 10:00 AM (EST)
I've paddled the section between Red Bluff and Woodson Bridge SRA 6 or 8 times over the years. We always did it in one day so we didn't camp along the way.
I don't think you'd have any trouble finding somewhere to put a tent. In Calif it seems like most any property that is privately owned is posted. If there's any doubt just keep a low profile when you camp, keep the noise down, a fire-less camp and leave no trace when you depart. As far as being concerned about the river coming up when camping on an island-- with that section of the Sacramento River I would not even give that a second thought. The flow does not fluctuate that much without a ton of rain.
If you can find a copy of Ann Dwyer's "Easy waters of California" it will have some helpful information.
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