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San Joaquin River Ecological Reserve


The 958-acre San Joaquin River Ecological Reserve includes a riparian corridor along the river that is largely undisturbed. A series of ponds exists on the site, and snowy egrets and green-backed herons often congregate along one side of an existing pond. Great blue herons, songbirds, and waterfowl also use the site. Black-tailed hares, beaver, raccoon, and other mammals have been observed, and a fairly large population of western fence lizards lives on the site. Fish species common to the local waters include carp, suckers, white catfish, and others.

For more information, call the Central Region Fresno office Conservation Building at (559) 243-4014.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Hiking Trails

Activities: wildlife viewing, hiking

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands please refer to the link opens in new windowCDFW Public Lands Regulations booklet. Scroll to the Table of Contents. Locate the page number for general regulations for public uses on all Department lands. For additional regulations that apply only to certain properties, check the Table of Contents for sections that refer to additional or property-specific regulations for wildlife areas or ecological reserves. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following the general and property-specific regulations.

Area History

The purpose of this acquisition was for the property to become part of a regional parkway greenbelt along the San Joaquin River. Objectives include restoration and maintenance of wetlands, and enhancement of an existing urban fishery. The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1990. Recent land use history, dating back to the early 1950s, is limited primarily to aggregate mining activities. Prior to that time it is not known what land use was practiced.

Last update : 10/31/2018 9:35:08 AM

Wildlife Branch - Lands Program
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411

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Central Region (Region 4)

Fresno County

Directions: Access, including from river shore, is by permit only. Contact Region at number shown.

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