SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA - Sacramento County's holiday weekend alcohol ban on the American River and life jacket requirement are in effect this Memorial Day weekend.
The county's Regional Parks Department reminds the law requires that youth age 13 and younger must wear life jackets if they go into the water. In fact, anyone going into the area's rivers should put on a life vest.
"Everyone should wear a life jacket if they plan on entering the water because the water is running swiftly, is very cold, and there are many floating debris such as logs and branches," said Chief Park Ranger Steve Flannery. "Any of these factors can make swimming in the river extremely hazardous."
For those who don't have a life jacket, the "Kids Don't Float" life-jacket program offers life jackets for temporary loan at the following locations: River Bend Park; Ancil Hoffman Park; Discovery Park (two sites); Howe Avenue; Folsom Point; Negro Bar; Nimbus; and Watt Avenue. Loaner life jackets are also available through the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District and the Sacramento Fire Department. Click here to find a participating life jacket loan station in Northern California.
Sacramento County also prohibits drinking alcohol and open alcoholic beverage containers on the American River and its shores between Hazel and Watt avenues during the Memorial Day weekend.
Violations of the alcohol and life jacket ordinances can result in citations and possibly arrest.
To report any accidents, law enforcement issues, vandalism, wildlife issues, and other safety concerns, park ranger dispatch can be reached at (916) 875-PARK (7275).
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