The Conservancy’s Mission

The San Joaquin River Conservancy is a regionally governed agency created to develop and manage the San Joaquin River Parkway, a planned 22-mile natural and recreational area in the floodplain extending from Friant Dam to Highway 99. The Conservancy’s mission includes acquiring approximately 5,900 acres from willing sellers; developing, operating, and managing those lands for public access and recreation; and protecting, enhancing, and restoring riparian and floodplain habitat.


San Joaquin River Conservancy Act

San Joaquin River Parkway Master Plan Update


Notice of Request for Proposals (RFP)
Sycamore Island Recreation Operations, Programs, Retail, Rental and Caretaking Services

Notice is hereby given that the San Joaquin River Conservancy (a State of California agency) is seeking a qualified, reliable, innovative, and responsive operator to provide recreation services at Sycamore Island through a service agreement. Sycamore Island is a publicly owned fishing, picnicking, and outdoor recreation venue located within the San Joaquin River Parkway, approximately 4 miles west of Highway 41 on the Madera County side of the river. Baseline operations and management, and supplemental recreation-related programs, events, rentals, retail, and caretaking services will be secured through this RFP. Sealed proposals will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. November 13, 2019, by the San Joaquin River Conservancy, 5469 E. Olive Ave., Fresno, CA, 93727. Proposals must be completed as required by the RFP. The contract will be awarded to the Best Responsible Proposer, which in the discretion of the Conservancy, will provide services in compliance with the contract and in the best interests of the State and the public. The contract term will be for a minimum of five and a maximum of ten years. Prospective proposers can secure a copy of the RFP from the Conservancy at the above address, via phone (559) 253-7324, or email

The San Joaquin River Conservancy Board meeting scheduled for October 23, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. has been cancelled.

The next regular board meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District Board Room located at 5469 E. Olive Avenue, Fresno, CA 93727.

 Partner Activities

October 19, 2019 Protective Plant Cage Installation at the Jensen River Ranch
Calling all River Stewards! Our young plants need your help. Join us at the Jensen River Ranch to install protective plant cages at our Habitat Enhancement Project. This event will run from 9:00am until 12:00pm and is suitable for all ages. All equipment is provided.
Click here to sign up.

Sycamore Island is now open for the 2019 season. For more information, please visit the Sycamore Island Facebook page or call (559) 801-8690.

City of Fresno, Life and Environmental Science Program, is getting ready for San Joaquin River Science Camps.  See Community Science Programs

RiverTree Volunteers has been very active in cleaning up the River, including multiple illegal campsites.  See their Facebook page