Public access to the Bufferlands is fairly limited, but tomorrow is an opportunity to see a good portion of the western half of the property. The event and parking are free, and trails will open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. You can visit any time during that window, though we will be closing by 5:00 p.m.
The seasonal wetlands don't have much water at this point, though there have been a changing cast of ducks on Black Crown Lake (there will be a trail map available). I came across a decent flock of migrants, which have otherwise been scarce this past week, in the old forest about a half mile from the parking area while prepping trails yesterday. Numbers of winter residents are building. If you like Lincoln's Sparrows, the wetland margins around Upper Beach Lake can be relatively thick with them.
We will have over five miles of trails open for you to walk at your own pace. Our biologists and docents will be out on the trails to help you find your way and to answer any nature-related questions. This is a great time to see fall colors as our forests begin to change from green to gold, and some reds. The trails go through riparian forests with trees over 300 years old, oak woodlands, and seasonal wetlands.
Please sign in at the check-in table and get your trail map. Dress for the weather and bring water. There will be no food vendors on-site, but feel free to pack a picnic or trail snacks.
Take I-5 or Highway 99 south from Sacramento. Exit at Cosumnes River Blvd. Take Cosumnes River Blvd west to Freeport Blvd. Take Freeport Blvd south, past the golf course and the small town of Freeport. Turn left at signs opposite Cliff’s Marina (8651 River Rd, Sacramento, CA 95832). Follow signs to the parking area.
Maybe I'll see you out there,
Natural Resource Specialist
8521 Laguna Station Rd.
Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 203-1610 cell