Red Bluff Fish & Wildlife Office
Pacific Southwest Region

Location and Operating Information

Red Bluff Diversion Dam, on the Sacramento River about 2 miles southeast of Red Bluff, California, diverts water from the Sacramento River to the Corning and Tehama-Colusa Canals.

Hours & Season of Operation

Fish Counting Season: Mid-June through August
Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Located on the East Bank of the Sacramento River downstream from Red Bluff, the salmon viewing plaza can be reached by

  • Taking Interstate 5 Antelope Blvd exit
  • Heading East on Antelope Boulevard (Highway 36)
  • Turn right (South) on Sale Lane at McDonalds
  • Go 2 1/4 miles to the salmon viewing plaza

Primary Species

Salmon, steelhead, and other nongame fish

Recreation and Education

TV viewing of salmon may be observed from mid-June through August from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The recreational area is normally open year round with limited camping available (for more information ).

Daily updates of fish counts at the dam can be obtained by calling 530-527-1408 during the season of operation. Picnic sites, restrooms, and boat launch facilities are also provided by the U.S. Forest Service.

Last updated: October 17, 2014