Sacramento River Patrols for Illegal Camps

Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety Unit

Illegal transient camps along the Sacramento River have been a frequent problem in recent years. With the Sacramento River being Redding’s premier natural resource, many people – from trail walkers to professional river fishing guides – have regularly filed complaints with the Police Department about such camps. The illegal campers have left large amounts of trash, polluted the river, damaged plant life, vandalized with graffiti, and intimidated or harassed other people using the river or river trail.

When the City of Redding Code Enforcement Team began its assignment in January 2015, it gave priority to addressing illegal camps along the Sacramento River in areas such as Henderson Open Space, Parkview River Front Park, Turtle Bay, the river trail between N. Market Street and the Arboretum parking lot, under the Cypress Street bridge, and the area adjacent to the river trail Court Street parking lot, all of which are public property. The Code Enforcement Team regularly works at the locations with CSO Bob Brannon and his Community Clean-Up Program to cite offenders, post camps, and remove camps and trash left behind.

All of these locations are accessible by land, allowing the Police Department to work in these areas. In order to ensure it was not missing illegal camps which were not readily accessible by land, the Code Enforcement Team joined with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety Unit river boat today to conduct a thorough patrol of the Sacramento River within the City limits, searching for illegal camps visible from the river. The only illegal camps remaining were those observed in the areas already regularly worked by the Code Enforcement Team. No illegal camps were found in other areas along the river. The Redding Police Department Code Enforcement Team, Community Clean-Up Program, and patrol officers will continue to address illegal camping along the Sacramento River.

-from press release
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3 Responses

  1. Avatar name says:

    What good does it do to patrol the river looking for camps when the existing camps are not being dealt with?

    Notice that the press release states that they are “addressing” illegal camps along the river, not removing or preventing them.  I am not sure about all of the locations, but there are at least two where people continue to camp illegally day after day, despite the “addressing” that is going on.

    I think that the cops and Code Enforcement Team are OK with the camping, as long as it is not visible from the river.  Camps that can be seen from the water tend to generate complaints from river guides and tourists that are trying to enjoy a great time on the river.

  2. Avatar Richard says:

    Homelessness has a variety of causes, but whatever the origin of being unsheltered , there is no good reason for the leaving of  literally hundreds of tons of trash that have been carelessly deposited in and along local creeks, the Sacramento River, parks, canyons, fields, streets, and neighborhoods. Kudos to all the volunteers, the RPD (and especially Bob Brannon), the Good News Rescue Mission, and others who have recognized the vast and growing problem and have spent countless hours cleaning up  private and public property victimized by “trashients”.


  3. Avatar EasternCounty says:

    Amen, Richard.  Redding truly is the victim of trashients.  I would like to think that providing dumpsters or trash cans would keep the dumping to a minimum, but I doubt it.  People who use the front entrances to businesses as their toilets will hardly keep their camps clean.  My niece and nephew were very active with a rescue mission in Seattle.  The mission would provide blankets for the homeless, and next morning, the blankets would just be abandoned where the person had slept.  Good luck with this campaign by Councilwoman Shreder.