The lower American River is the crown jewel in the Sacramento region’s rich legacy of environmental stewardship. Nearly five million people flock to the spectacular river parkway each year to enjoy its unique ecological resources and recreational opportunities. With 43 species of fish, including endangered steelhead trout and struggling Chinook salmon, the lower American River also provides important habitat for the anadromous fisheries of the Sacramento River Basin. It is also home to a rich diversity of wildlife and waterfowl. These natural attributes have made the lower American River the only urban waterway to be designated a “Wild and Scenic River” by state and federal governments.