All parking areas and restroom facilities are OPEN
BEWARE: flooded and slippery surfaces
River Walk Trail:
- The River Walk trail is OPEN – please note the access to the savannah and Cosumnes River is partially flooded.
Wetlands Walk Trail:
- Wetlands Walk trail is OPEN!
- Boardwalk trail is OPEN!
Please keep in mind that the bridges going over Willow Slough can become very slippery when wet or icy. Please walk slowly and with caution.
Additionally, the trails can become flooded after a rainstorm. This page is updated bi-weekly, so it may not reflect the most current information. Check the weather before heading out to the Preserve.
Sandhill Cranes and Other Migratory Birds
Cranes are NOT at the Preserve.
Sandhill cranes begin to arrive in late September/early October.
You’ll likely start seeing them in the wetlands near the trails in mid-October.
The height of the Sandhill crane season is December. During the month of February and early March cranes will likely be leaving in groups. By mid-March they are generally gone.
To view a map of common places to view cranes at Cosumnes River Preserve, click here.
The ponds in the wetlands are flooded on a rotational basis to meet the needs of migrating waterfowl. To learn more about flooding and managed wetlands, click here.
- Franklin Blvd is OPEN if you are accessing the Preserve through Thornton
- A section of Franklin Blvd is CLOSED until 2024 please follow the detour signs to access the Preserve if you are using Twin Cities.