Life Looks Good on Sacramento – Always Wear a Life Jacket in the Water

The Parks Department launched the Life Looks Good on You public awareness campaigns to encourage Sacramentans of all ages to wear a life jacket when they wade, swim or boat in the American and Sacramento Rivers.

Cold water, swift currents and under water hazards make the river dangerous, even for strong swimmers. Before you dive in, put on a life vest. If you don’t have one, there are borrowing stations along Sacramento’s waterways and at local fire stations.

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You can borrow a life vest at any of the many borrowing stations along Sacramento’s public waterways. It’s also the law for kids under 13. The California Division of Boating and Waterways statewide life vest loaner program provides more than 2,000 new life vests a year, easily accessible children, for free.

There are 11 life vest stations in the Sacramento area.
For a full list of life vest stations see below or visit

Life vest borrowing stations on the American River Parkway:
Discovery Park (2 sites) (kids and adults)
Ancil Hoffman Park(kids only)
Howe Avenue river access(kids only)

Paradise Beach (kids only)
Watt Avenue river access (kids only)
River Bend Park (kids only)
Sunrise river access (kids only)

Life Vest Station in the City of Sacramento
Sand Cove (kids only)

Each station offers 8 to 12 life vests in adult and kid sizes and are also available at several Sacramento area fire stations.

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