Home to the largest river in California, the Sacramento River is just one body of water to escape to when the summer heat reaches those dreaded triple digits. From wakeboarding and waterskiing to tubing down the waterways, check out these top three locally owned shops when some river fun is on the brain. What’s more, there’s even a store that specializes in water hammocks, cute flotation buggies for babies, and all the fun water accessories, like dive bombs and rings, necessary for a splashing good time poolside.
Sage Pool Supplies
10471 Grant Line Road Suite 130
Elk Grove, CA 95624
(916) 683-7665

From baby floats to dive bombs and everything in between, Sage Pool Supplies has all the summertime fun water supplies to ensure that those hot days under the sun are enjoyed by the entire family, poolside. For the little ones, seek out the baby buggy, a cute little flotation device that resembles the peddle car out of the Flintstones cartoon, perfect for toddlers and babies who need some pool time. If wading in the water is more your style, this store has a variety of water hammocks, lounges and even ice boat coolers to keep those beverages cold. For splish-splash fun in the pool, Sage Pool Supplies also carries Aqua Fun Water Blasters that shoot water at friends, dive rings and bombs, and also a Sacramento Kings-themed basketball hoop.

American River Raft Rentals 
11257 S Bridge St.
Rancho, CA 95670
(888) 338-7238of

Sacramento is known as the river city, so it’s no surprise that during the summer with its triple digit temperatures a majority flock to the dozens of cool river locations up and down the region. American River Raft Rentals opened its doors in 1974 and has since established a reputation up and down California as the most experienced rafting company with its self-guided raft tours on the beautiful waters of the lower American River. The convenient river parkway access next to the business allows for customers to rent a raft, kayak or take a shuttle back to where the float began further up the river. Raft rentals range in size from four to 10 people with kayak rentals ranging from one to two persons. The American River Raft store also has plenty of suntan lotion, beer, ice and other items for that perfect summertime river float.

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Water Ski World
8042 Greenback Ln.
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
(916) 723-2660

Founded more than 30 years ago by water ski champion Patrick Kennelly and his wife Rhonda, who used to run a waterskiing and wakeboarding school out on Folsom Lake, Water Ski World is a family-owned Sacramento gem that specializes in providing its customers with all the river accessories needed to have a fun time on the water. An ideal one-stop-shop for everything you’ll need for a fun day gliding on the river, this mom and pop store carries wake boards, discount water skis, wake surfers, towable tubes, knee boards, life jackets, gloves, boating accessories and more. What’s more, if you’re in need of some expert advice call or stop by the Citrus Heights store to learn which water skis are the ideal length for your weight or get fitted for a proper life jacket.

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