Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center
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The Visitor Center features a 400 square foot deck with permanent interpretive exhibits displayed both inside and outside the building. The Visitor Center deck and outdoor exhibits are open to the public even when the indoor exhibit room closed.
Please Note: Dogs are NOT allowed on or off the leash at the Preserve.
No camping at the Preserve. Day-Use area only.
For up-to-date info & more, please visit Cosumnes River Preserve homepage at: www.cosumnes.org
- General Information Line: (916) 684-2816
- Staff answer phone calls and emails Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm
- Volunteer staff are available at the Visitor Center on Sat. & Sun. 9am -1pm
- Email: email@example.com
The Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center is the focal point for the majority of public access and education at the Preserve. The deck and outdoor exhibits are open to the public even when the indoor exhibit room is closed to in-person visits. The trails, boardwalks and waterways are the only parts of the Preserve that are open to the general public. These areas are open from sunrise to sunset. The Preserve promotes low impact recreation and offers naturalist-lead activities that include: hikes, bird monitoring, paddles, photography walks and more.
The Cosumnes River Preserve features a dock for you to launch your canoe or kayak from. The river offers excellent flat water allowing for excellent boating opportunities throughout most of the year. Paddlers can enjoy a scenic guide through the rivers sloughs and main channel, cruising along riparian forest, oak woodland and through wetlands teeming with wildlife.
From Sacramento, take Interstate 5 south, and exit at Twin Cities Road. Head east on Twin Cities Road to Franklin Boulevard, and then turn south. Continue on Franklin Blvd and go past Desmond Road, then proceed two-tenths of a mile to the Willow Slough Nature Trail on the left. The Willow Slough Trail, a three mile loop, is open during daylight hours with parking on the west side of Franklin Blvd. at Lost Slough Boardwalk.
From the Willow Slough Trailhead, you can continue south on the new trail for 0.2 miles to the Lost Slough Wetlands Boardwalk. The Boardwalk is on the right (west) side and continues south to the Visitor Center. The trail is one mile and is wheelchair accessible. The Lost Slough Wetlands Boardwalk is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center is another four-tenths of a mile south along Franklin Blvd on the left (east) side. The Visitor Center is open and staffed by volunteers on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, including holidays. Open on weekdays, but hours vary. The Visitor Center deck and outdoor exhibits are open to the public even when the indoor exhibit room is closed.
COSUMNES RIVER PRESERVE
The Cosumnes River Preserve is home to California's largest remaining valley oak riparian forest, and is one of the few protected wetland habitat areas in the state. This habitat has been reduced by more than 90% of its historical occurrence in California. The Preserve includes 46,000 acres of central valley grasslands, vernal pools, wetlands and valley oak forests.
The Cosumnes River is the only remaining unregulated (undammed) river on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In its lower reaches, it flows through one of the most biologically rich regions in California's Central Valley, before merging with the Mokelumne River to flow into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and eventually the Pacific Ocean. The Cosumnes River Preserve was created to safeguard much of this unique landscape.
Nestled in the heart of California's Central Valley, The Preserve is a critical stop on the Pacific Flyway for migrating and wintering waterfowl. Over 250 species of birds have been sighted on or near the Preserve, including the State-listed threatened Swainson hawk, greater and lesser sandhill cranes, Canada geese and numerous ducks.
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The Cosumnes River Preserve is approximately 20 miles south of Sacramento. From the city of Sacramento, take Interstate 5 south and exit at Twin Cities Road. Head east on Twin Cities Road to Franklin Boulevard, then turn south. Continue on Franklin Blvd and go past Desmond Road. The Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center is approximately a half mile south along Franklin Blvd on the left (east) side.