Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
The diverse habitats of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge are home to over 200 species of birds and numerous other fish and wildlife species. The refuge is located in the heart of California’s Central Valley along the Pacific Flyway. When combined with neighboring natural areas, it is part of a vast landscape corridor that serves as a sanctuary for many resident and migratory fish, wildlife, and plant species.

Visitor Activities

  • Blue Heron Trails
    • Take a moment to breath and escape the urban setting at Sacramento's newest nature area just 10 minutes from downtown. Blue Heron Trails is open daily from dawn to dusk, year-round, and is a great way to spend some family time and get the little ones outdoors.  With just under a mile of accessible trails, the self-guided site offers free paved parking, restrooms, educational kiosks, and a pavilion all around restored seasonal wetlands and upland habitat.
  • Wildlife Observation Guided Walks
    • Throughout the fall to spring, learn about the refuge and take in the abundance of migratory birds wading in seasonal wetlands on a free docent guided walk in normally restricted areas.  Be sure to bring your binoculars and camera, as you'll get a chance to see some refuge favorites such as Sandhill cranes, shorebirds, raptors, and many species of waterfowl up-close.
  • Wildlife Observation Paddle Tours
    • Wandering along historically dredged Lower Beach Lake, the Paddle Program offers relaxed guided summer wildlife viewing and interpretation paddles for canoers and kayakers.  This free program runs from June through September and offers a unique opportunity for water enthusiasts to enjoy a normally restricted part of the refuge within a 10 minute drive from downtown Sacramento.
  • Environmental Education
    • Is your school, youth, environmental or other group interested in learning more about the wildlife, plants, habitats and ecology of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge?  Contact the refuge to check on program availability and reservation policies.  Refuges are wild places, and we want to teach you more about them!
  • Waterfowl Hunting
    • 2012 / 2013 Waterfowl Hunt Season
      • The US Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to announce the eighth annual public waterfowl hunt on the South Stone Lake Unit of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. This is not a CA Department of Fish & Wildlife hunt. All draws for all blinds will be conducted through the refuge.

Contact Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

1624 Hood-Franklin Road
Elk Grove, California  95757
Phone: 916-775-4420
Fax: 916-775-4407


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Sacramento County, California

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