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) 243-4005.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Hiking Trails

Activities: wildlife viewing, hiking

NOTE: Visitors are responsible for knowing and complying with all regulations pertaining to the use of Department lands.

Please refer to the Public Uses on State and Federal Lands section of the Waterfowl, Upland Game, and Public Use Regulations (PDF)Waterfowl, Upland Game, and Public Use Regulations (PDF)(opens in new tab) booklet for both statewide 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.

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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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