Explore and Learn

The Preserve is centered along the Cosumnes River, with opportunities for paddling, hiking, and nature viewing. The Preserve Visitor Center has an interpretive room so you can learn more about the history, flora, and fauna. Located just southwest of the Visitor Center is a boat launch so you can paddle the Cosumnes River and its sloughs. North of the Visitor Center is a trailhead with access to the Wetlands Walk and River Walk Trails. Learn more below about all of our recreation opportunities!

Cosumnes River Preserve consists of over 10 miles of trails located around the main Visitor Center and at Rancho Seco Recreational Area. We encourage you to enjoy our trails from  8 am – 5 pm every day of the week! Pets, bicycles, and hunting are not allowed at the Preserve.

Cosumnes River is a beautiful, natural waterway and the central focus for the Preserve. Enjoy a scenic glide through the river’s sloughs and main channel, cruising along riparian forest, oak woodland and through wetlands teeming with wildlife. Click below to learn about hours, access maps, and guided paddles.

There are opportunities for wildlife and plant viewing all year! The Preserve is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna. Because this special place is a safe sanctuary for so many native flora and fauna, we ask that you watch and explore with care.

Tips For Viewing Wildlife

Exploring nature and discovering the wildlife that calls it home can be an enriching experience, but it’s not always that easy. In this video Cosumnes River Preserve staff share a few helpful tips to prepare you for watching wildlife at the Preserve or anywhere else!

Check out our other videos on our Youtube channel!

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Click the photo above to sign up for our monthly newsletter! Learn about upcoming activities, events, important notices, and learning opportunities. Many of our events have limited spots, so make sure you’re in the loop!

See the Sandhill Cranes

Planning a trip to view the Sandhill Cranes? Check out our map and tips for some of the best viewing site and times. Click the photo above to view!

About the Preserve

Who We Are

The Cosumnes River Preserve consists of over  50,000 acres of wildlife habitat and agricultural lands owned by seven land-owning Partners. The Partners include The Nature Conservancy, Bureau of Land Management, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Sacramento County Regional Parks, Department of Water Resources, Ducks Unlimited, and the California State Lands Commission. The Preserve is centered along the Cosumnes River, its floodplains and riparian habitat. This habitat is buffered by a variety of agricultural operations. The Preserve provides numerous social, economic, and recreational benefits to local communities and to people residing in the larger Sacramento and San Joaquin areas. The habitat supports wildlife, including birds that migrate throughout the Pacific Flyway.

Mission and Vision

The Cosumnes River Preserve Partnership envisions the permanent protection of floodplains, wetlands, valley oak riparian forests, vernal pool grasslands, and compatible agricultural lands within the lower Cosumnes River watershed and the upper Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  The Partnership will continue to utilize inter-disciplinary programs that integrate environmental protection, restoration, and long-term land management with education, stewardship, science, and public policy strategies to sustain a dynamic mosaic of habitats that support native plant and animal species.  The Partnership will reduce potential barriers and provide opportunities so that all people may appreciate the flora and fauna of the Cosumnes River Preserve.


Parking lots and trails open every day 8am – 5pm.

Open during weekends and holidays.

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Contact Us

Email: info@cosumnes.org

Phone: (916) 684-2816