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Area: 12 acres Acres
Lat: 38 13 38N and 121 58 42W
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Suisun Marsh Overlook - Site # 5031
The Suisun Marsh Overlook provides views of the Suisun Marsh, the Potrero Hills, the Rio Vista wind generation facilities and the flight path of aircraft using Travis Air Force Base. The Suisun Marsh Overlook showcases a unique combination of natural habitat, modern technology, and economic development in one setting.

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Background: The project site is located approximately 0.5 miles south of highway 12 and approximately 200 feet south of Union Creek which eventually flows into Suisun Slough. The Suisun Marsh Overlook is located to the Southwest of the Intersection of Potrero Hills Lane and Kildeer Road in Suisun City, California. The Suisun Marsh Overlook was developed by Waste Connections, Inc. as a condition of its San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission Marsh Development permit.

The Habitat: At the overlook: California annual grassland covers the rolling hills at the overlook site. Although this habitat is dominated by non-native grasses, native grass and wildflower species occur on the tops and southwest-facing slopes of the hills. Wildflowers in the grassland such as California poppy, lupine, yarrow, Johnny jump-up, and owl's clover are visible from the overlook.

View: A stunning, panoramic view of the Suisun Marsh and its watershed spread out below the overlook in a network of tidally-influenced tule and cattail marshes, pickleweed mats, mudflats, and open water. This facility's proximity to Travis Air Force Base is also a focus of this interpretive site.

The Experience: The Suisun Marsh Overlook provides panoramic views of the Suisun Marsh and the Potrero Hills. The Suisun Marsh is a critical part of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary Ecosystem. The marsh is a unique environmental resource and an ecologically important component for preserving wildlife habitat and waterfowl. The Overlook is located at the point of brackish tidal water and fresh water interaction and resulting transitional habitats.

Wildlife and Where to Find It: Many bird species utilize the grasslands surrounding the overlook for nesting and foraging. Common bird species that may be sighted at the overlook include: Western meadowlark, Red-winged blackbird, Red-tailed hawk, White-tailed kite, Turkey vulture and Western kingbird. With the aid of binoculars, you may be able to see the following birds closer to the Suisun Marsh: Northern harrier, Tricolored blackbird, Great blue heron, Great Egret, Gulls and a variety of waterfowl. Less common bird species that may be encountered at the overlook include: Golden eagle, Western burrowing owl, and Kestrel. Mammal or reptile species that may be encountered (if you look closely) at the overlook include: Beechy ground squirrel, Western jackrabbit, Western fence lizard, alligator lizard, California kingsnake, and gopher snake.

Viewing Tips: A good pair of binoculars or a spotting scope allow viewers a closer look at the Suisun Marsh below the overlook.

Site Notes: Site offers two walking paths and three outlooks with interpretive panels.

Nearby Viewing Sites: Rush Ranch
Lynch Canyon Open Space
Grizzly Island Wildlife Area
Jepson Prairie Preserve
Montezuma Hills
Rockville Hills Regional Park

Festivals & Events: Rush Ranch Open House
Lynch Canyon Kite Festival

Visitor Information: Potrero Hills Landfill - (707) 429-9600 -
Viewing Site Hours of Operation are:
Staff On-site: No
Open: Everyday
Hours: During normal daylight hours, generally 8 am-4 pm.
Year Round: Yes

Road Information:   Paved.  Gravel. 
Road Hazards: None
 Number of Parking Spaces: 6
Parking Fee: No
Proximity to viewing area:Located at the Overlook trailhead.
 Pull-Through Parking: No
Parking Notes: Hardscape surfaces include entrance driveway, trailhead entrance, and an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant parking space. Hardscape services will be inspected weekly and maintained as necessary. Parking is limited to 2 hours.

Special Tips: No smoking or fires are allowed. All pets must be leashed. There are small mammals "endangered" or "threatened" which could be injured or killed by pets off leash.

Warm summer days you're advised to wear a hat and bring water.

How to Get There: From Fairfield: Highway 12 east to Scalley Road, west on Potrero Hills Lane to Overlook parking area. From Rio Vista: Highway 12 west to Scalley Road, west on Potrero Hills Lane to Overlook parking area.

Contact Information
Managing Agency: Potrero Hills Landfill
Agency Site URL: http://www.bcdc.ca.gov/
Physical Address:3675 Potrero Hills Lane
Suisun City, CA 94585
Agency 2:50 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Manager Phone:(415) 352-3618 Contact Us:by Email
Site Phone:707-432-4641
County: Solano County
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