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Monarch ButterflyThank you for your interest in visiting Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge!

Refuge Headquarters

Refuge staff and volunteers are generally available to answer questions, provide you with maps and brochures, and let you know what's happening on the refuge. Please note, the entrance gate is timed to open and close automatically just after sunrise and just before sunset (currently 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.).

Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
1624 Hood-Franklin Road, Elk Grove, CA 95757
(Headquarters Office)
Office Hours: M-F, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday, Sunday and Federal Holidays
Phone: 916.775.4421
Email: stonelakes@fws.gov 

 

Refuge Programs, Trails and Brochures

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.  For more information on other visitor programs, please checkout the Visitor Activities page or the Events Calendar

Refuge Brochure  11.2 MB pdf

Refuge Bird List   11.7 MB pdf

Maps

Directions: Headquarters and Blue Heron Trails

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.   

Please note that directions from the internet are usually wrong!  Please use the directions above. \

Directions: Paddle Program

All scheduled Paddle Program trips meet at the refuge Elk Grove Blvd gate directly off west side of Interstate 5 (take the Elk Grove Blvd exit and turn west; the guides will meet you at the North Stone Lake Unit red & white striped gate at the turnaround). Be sure to meet at the Elk Grove Blvd gate; we do NOT meet at the headquarters! Best to arrive at least 10 minutes early. Please allow yourself the entire allotted time for the trip duration with the group. All tours are approximately 3 hours unless otherwise noted, so please plan accordingly to stay the entire time.  Remember, be prompt for all scheduled paddle times as the group will go through a gate that gets locked!    

Please note that directions from the internet are usually wrong!  Please use the directions above.

Page Photo Credits — Monarch Butterfly / Rick L Hansen
Last Updated: Nov 13, 2014
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