COVID-19 Updates

[If viewing from cell phone, please scroll down for updates on trail conditions and Sandhill Cranes]

The Visitor Center is closed until further notice. The Preserve trails, parking lots, and boat launch are still OPEN. For hours and information click here.

When recreating, we recommend you follow local and CDC guidelines.

  1. If you  or someone you live with are sick, please stay at home.
  2. Cover your cough or sneeze.
  3. Wash your hands frequently, before and after entering the Preserve. If you can, please bring your own hand sanitizer.
  4. Try to limit touching railings and other surfaces that others may touch if not necessary.
  5. Keep a distance in the parking lots, at the restrooms, and on the trails of at least 6 feet from all others around you. Also, please pass people on the trail with caution. Move over to the side or turn from them when you pass.
  6. Follow all Preserve rules. You can find them HERE.
  7. Have a backup plan: if the Preserve seems crowded or parking lots are full, look for another place to go or come back another day.
  8. You can find more about COVID-19 on the CDC website HERE.

Trail Conditions

Updated: 9/10/2021

River Walk Trail:

  • OPEN
  • Stay on trail to best avoid contact with poison oak and ticks.
  • Small muddy section near The Point, trail still passable.

Wetlands Walk Trail:

  • OPEN
  • Stay on trail to best avoid contact with poison oak and ticks

Boardwalk Trail:

  • 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.

Sandhill Cranes and Other Migratory Birds

Updated: 9/10/2021

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.

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.