Stockton Off The Beaten Path

  • Cosumnes Wildlife Preserve
    Cosumnes Wildlife Preserve
    by atufft
  • Cosumnes Wildlife Preserve
    Cosumnes Wildlife Preserve
    by atufft
  • Boardwalk at Cosumnes Wildlife Preserve
    Boardwalk at Cosumnes Wildlife Preserve
    by atufft

Best Rated Off The Beaten Path in Stockton

  • atufft's Profile Photo

    Cosumnes River Wildlife Preserve

    by atufft Written Feb 18, 2006

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Cosumnes Wildlife Preserve
    4 more images

    About halfway between Stockton and Sacramento off I-5, the Cosumnes River Preserve is one of the better places in the San Joaquin-Delta region for non-boaters to see birdlife. It's located near the confluence of the Consumnes River and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The Consumnes (a name derived from a Miwok Indian word, I believe) is one of the last major rivers in California not tapped directly as a fresh water or electrical resource somewhere between its source in the Sierras Mountains and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The Preserve has an extensive wooden boardwalk through the wetlands, which allows wildlife enthusiasts to see many varieties of birds and wetland animals. Go to the website for an update and exactly when to come for the bird migrations. Bring your binoculars and telephoto camera. I was last there just after some heavy January rains that caused flooding in various parts of the San Francisco Bay Region, in particular the cities of Vacaville and Napa were affected. The images here were taken during a brief stop to examine the possible damage to the boardwalk system, so expect me to replace them later with better images of the animal life. The Visitor Center is located on Franklin Boulevard 1.7 miles South of Twin Cities Road, near the small but fast growing town of Galt.

    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • National/State Park
    • Birdwatching

    Was this review helpful?

  • atufft's Profile Photo

    View the Port of Stockton activities

    by atufft Updated Sep 4, 2005

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Stockton Port

    The waterfront at Weber Point and elsewhere downtown is totally worthwhile, but its also worth finding the turn-out across from the Port. Stockton Port is the furthest east on California's Pacific coast as it is part of the freshwater San Joaquin Delta area. The battleship Iowa is may be permanently docked there, providing a new tourist attraction, but the great experience here is watching the old style bulk cargo transfer of grains and fertilzers. Nearby also is the construction yard for the parts of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. To get there, take the Fremont Street exit off I-5 and head west. There's an empty turn-out of gravel right across from the Port. That's where my pictures were taken. For those concerned with the environment, some of these old rusty freighters navigate fragile freshwater channels, no doubt leaving toxic residues behind.

    Related to:
    • Sailing and Boating
    • Whale Watching
    • Cruise

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Stockton

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

68 travelers online now

Comments

Stockton Off The Beaten Path

Reviews and photos of Stockton off the beaten path posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Stockton sightseeing.

View all Stockton hotels