Stone Lake's 18,000 acres of protected land in the southern portion of the county near Elk Grove are one of the few urban refuges in the nation. Grasslands, vernal pools and diverse wildlife and plant life make this a year round destination.
- The Stone Lakes National Wildlife Association was established in 1994 to protect and restore the Stone Lakes area from encroachment and development.
How to Get There:
From Sacramento head south on Interstate 5
Take the Hood Franklin exit toward Hood
Arrive at 1324 Hood Franklin road to reach the preserve.
View Stone Lake Map
The self-guided hike will take you through managed grasslands and along a riparian zone, where you will end at a wildlife viewing platform overlooking a managed wetland.
Hours and Fees:
Currently public use at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is limited to every second and fourth Saturday of each month, except August.
Picnics Allowed: No