The beautiful Photos of Cosumnes RIver were taken by Etsuko Stone.
kayaking is an amazing way to enjoy the scenic
lakes, bays reservoir and estuaries in California
where you may have encountered Etsuko Stone paddling
her kayak or SUP board. Originally from Japan,
surrounded by oceans, and many rivers and lakes,
Etsuko regrets she never kayaked while she lived
“I found joy in kayaking in my sunset of life (soon to be 60)”, Etsuko shares. “I started kayaking three years ago, and SUP boarding this past year. I look forward to exploring more rivers and the ocean. I'm more a kayaker for relax and scenery; not a hard-core kayaker.”
Photo Credit: Etsuko Stone'
Cosumnes River Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Northern California is a goldmine of spectacular paddling getaways, and the Cosumnes River is one of the best. Those who have experienced paddling this magical river count it among their most cherished memories. The Cosumnes River Preserve lies nestled between Sacramento and Stockton, before the Cosumnes River enters the delta and flows to the Pacific Ocean. This sprawling scenic waterway is home to California's largest remaining valley oak riparian forest, and is one of the few protected wetland habitat areas in the state of California. Paddlers can quietly glide through the lush woodland as the meandering river winds through a 6700-acre preserve filled with an abundance of wildlife.
While California has plenty of rapids to delight the whitewater kayaker, many rewarding experiences can also be found paddling calmer flat water routes with jaw dropping scenery. The leisurely, quiet nature of flat water kayaking also lends itself to a wide array of wildlife viewing and photographing. Imagine it’s a warm, idyllic spring day, with just the tiniest hint of a cool breeze, and you’re drifting through an incredible riparian corridor as only paddlers can. A screeching bird dives from the treetops and soars past you, as you watch it glide over the hidden sloughs.
Around the next bend, you might see a beaver as you paddle through the wetlands in search of the abundant wildlife.
The best time to observe waterfowl is during the winter months, either at sunrise or sunset. It's that magic moment when the sun envelops nature with a mystical glow. The water surface is momentarily turned to fire, and casts its warm, reflected rays over the feeding waterfowl. Geese, more than other species of waterfowl, seem to capture our imaginations. Who has not felt a sense of awe at the sight of migrating flights in long, undulating lines or great V's as they pass high overhead? Such idyllic scenes can be captured by the camera for a lifetime of memories. Exploring wildlife with a telephoto lens is a marvelous way to photograph the many species of birds and untold numbers of otters, beaver and turtles that make the Cosumnes Preserve their home.
Fishing is allowed only from a boat on the waters of the main channel of the Cosumnes River and sloughs accessible from the Mokelumne River. No fishing from the banks, bridge, or along the roadway is allowed.
Open: The visitor center is open and staffed by volunteers on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., including holidays. The visitor center is open on weekdays, but hours may vary. The river has only rest stops and no other facilities.
Fees: There are public restrooms, free parking and no launch fee.
Facilities: The preserve has several miles of hiking trails and winding pathways around the water’s edge. Insect repellent is highly recommended, especially in spring and summer when ticks and mosquitoes are most active. The trails, boardwalks and waterways are the only parts of the preserve that are open to the general public. These areas are open from sunrise to sunset. Dogs and camping are not allowed on the Cosumnes River Preserve.