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Lat: 38.3710° N
Lon:  121.4955° W
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Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge - Site # 5039
The Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, located south of Sacramento, California, lies within the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the destination of thousands of migrating waterfowl, shorebirds, and other water birds.
SeasonalSeasonal - these sites have high wildlife values during certain seasons, though they may have recreational value year-round.

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Background: Historic Beach Lake once covered nearly 1,000 acres. North and South Stone Lakes were also extensive. Located in the heart of the refuge, they likely received their names in the mid 1800s from the former landowner, a Sacramento merchant named Rockwell Stone. The Stone family held about 1,000 acres until 1891.

The Habitat: The diverse habitats of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge are home to over 200 species of birds and numerous other fish and wildlife species. The refuge is located in the heart of California’s Central Valley along the Pacific Flyway. When combined with neighboring natural areas, it is part of a vast landscape corridor that serves as a sanctuary for many resident and migratory fish, wildlife, and plant species.

Stone Lakes NWR is composed of a rich mosaic of habitats that support hundreds of species for both resident and migratory wildlife. The main types of habitat you'll see are grasslands, riparian forest, woodland savanna, freshwater lakes, freshwater sloughs, perennial wetlands, seasonal wetlands, and vernal pools.

Wildlife and Where to Find It: Throughout the fall to spring, learn about the refuge and take in the abundance of migratory birds wading in seasonal wetlands on a free docent guided walk in normally restricted areas. Be sure to bring your binoculars and camera, as you'll get a chance to see some refuge favorites such as Sandhill cranes, shorebirds, raptors, and many species of waterfowl up-close.

Viewing Tips: Free of charge, seven days a week from sunrise to sunset, you can enjoy Blue Heron Trails any time of the year. This is where you can enjoy accessible wildlife-related activities, including wildlife observation, hiking, and photography.

Site Notes: While best viewing is fall to spring, the Blue Heron Trail is open to the public year-round.

Nearby Viewing Sites: Cosumnes River Preserve
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area
Effie Yeaw Nature Center/American River Parkway

Festivals & Events: Walk on the Wildside

Visitor Information: Visit Sacramento - (916) 808-7777 - https://www.visitsacramento.com
Viewing Site Hours of Operation are:
Staff On-site: Yes
Open: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Year Round: 

Road Information:   Paved. 
Road Hazards: 
 Number of Parking Spaces: 20
Parking Fee: No
Proximity to viewing area:
 Pull-Through Parking: No
Parking Notes: 

Special Tips: Check online for docent-led walks and events
https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Stone_Lakes/Events.html

How to Get There: The Refuge Headquarters and Blue Heron Trails is located south of Sacramento, just outside of Elk Grove. From Sacramento, travel south on Interstate 5 and take the Hood Franklin Road exit. At the stop sign, turn right, heading west for about one mile. The entrance sign and turn lane will be on your left. Please note, the entrance gate is timed to open and close automatically just after sunrise and just before sunset.
 

Contact Information
Managing Agency: US Fish & Wildlife Service
Agency Site URL: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Stone_Lakes
Physical Address:1624 Hood-Franklin Road
Elk Grove, CA 95757
Agency 2:
, CA
Manager Phone: Contact Us:by Email
Site Phone:(916) 775-4421
County: Sacramento
Addition Website:  http://www.friendsofstonelakes.org