The Sacramento River
The Sacramento River is the largest river in California, stretching 327 miles from Mt. Shasta down to the the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, which empties into the San Francisco Bay. The river snakes its way from Northern to Central California, passing I-5 several times along a path that takes it past Redding, Sacramento and Davis. Sacramento and San Joaquin valley farmers utilize the Sacramento River for irrigation and the Sacramento Valley basin is a major source of drinking water for the state. Ocean going ships are able to navigate up the river from the San Francisco Bay to Sacramento via the Port of Sacramento’s deep water channel.