Join us on a guided paddle!

New to the Cosumnes River or just wanting to take a leisurely paddle while learning about the history of Preserve? Our experienced docents will guide you on a tour through Preserve sloughs and along the Cosumnes River, teaching you about the flora, fauna, and history of the landscape. You are required to bring your own boat, paddles, and PFD. See upcoming guided paddling dates by clicking, “Calendar” in the menu.

Paddling on the Cosumnes River

Cosumnes River is a beautiful, natural waterway and the central focus for the Preserve. It is the last free-flowing river from the mighty Sierra Nevada Mountains into the Central Valley. Paddlers can enjoy a scenic glide through the river’s sloughs and main channel, cruising along riparian forest, oak woodland and through wetlands teeming with wildlife. This 80-mile river can be accessed from the Preserve’s boat launch, right next to the Visitor Center. The boat launch is open every day of the week from Sunrise to Sunset. Note that the entrance to the parking lots close at 5pm, so make sure you arrive between 9am and 5pm to access the boat launch.

Bring your gear and explore on your own!

Cosumnes River preserve features a dock for you to launch your canoe or kayak from. Motorized boats may not be launched from the Preserve’s boat launch. The river has relatively flat water, allowing for excellent boating opportunities throughout most of the year. Paddlers should park in the upper parking lot and use this area to offload their watercraft and gear. You may access the boat dock by following the 200 yard cement path that begins at the northeast corner of the Visitor Parking Lot. Due to distance, paddlers are encouraged to use carts or wheels, which are available for lending at the Visitor Center during open hours.