Located on the American River in Sacramento is Lake Natoma. This area is perfect for sailing, kayaking, and other water sports. It's frequented by families and barbecues and picnics are common as well as fishing. Renting water-crafts such as jet skis are a good way to see the lake and its surroundings in its entirety. Hiking and biking trails provide a refreshing scenic view, and there are also classes in the lake's vicinity on windsurfing, canoeing, water skiing and jet skiing.
Paradise Beach is also located on the American River in Sacramento, California and is known by the locals to give a complete contrast to the vibe Lake Natoma gives. It is one of Sacramento's most popular spots for skim boarding. It also has annual competitions that draws some of the most competitive skim boarders around. Skim boarding is similar to surfing and is done near the shoreline and is safer. Paradise Beach is a frequented destination for the sport because of it's cove-like structure and because of the sand dunes and gently sloping beach and frequently is described as being like a freshwater ocean beach.
While skim boarding being one of the top water sport in the area, Paradise Beach is also a destination for swimmers, and in the off-season for fishing. There is no supervision at the beach so it is good to be cautious and alcohol is also prohibited. It is located near the Sacramento State University and is frequented by the many students in the area. While once described as being a private beach, over the years it has become a very populated beach.
If looking to practice water sporting skills before taking the plunge out in the deep ocean, Paradise Beach can provide the practice.