Photo Submitted by Jim Dunn, Cosumnes River Preserve
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!
The Cosumnes River Preserve has several FREE events each month! These events include guided bird surveys, guided historical walks, guided photography walks as well as guided paddle. Come out and join the Fun!!!
Become a Certified California Naturalist at the Cosumnes River Preserve! The mission of this program is to foster a connection between California’s natural resources and education with a specific focus on the Cosumnes River Watershed, wetland habitat, riparian habitat and the vernal pool grasslands. Graduates of this program will be ready to take an active role in natural resource conservation, education, and restoration.
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 9am – 5pm.
Open during weekends and holidays.
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