EXPLORE & 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 south 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 Sunrise to Sunset every day of the week! Pets, bicycles, and hunting are not allowed at the Preserve.
PADDLING THE RIVER
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.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm, weekend hours may vary