Visitors to the American River Parkway who wish to consume or possess alcohol along the river may do so in certain areas, but alcohol is permanently banned at the following locations:
- The bluffs located near Old Fair Oaks Bridge
- The El Manto river access
- Sarah Court river access
- Paradise Beach recreation area
- Certain locations within Discovery Park
During Memorial Day weekend, the 4th of July, and Labor Day weekend, alcohol is temporarily banned along the American River Parkway between Hazel and Watt Avenues, and at Sherman Island.
Glass beverages are illegal along the Parkway year-round.
Alcohol and water sports don't mix: The use of alcohol can impair your judgment and increase the likelihood of poor and unsafe decisions.
Read more about staying safe on the water.
Learn how to get an alcohol permit for a special event.
If you have any questions about alcohol, contact the Ranger Dispatch Office at