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Stone Lakes
National Wildlife Refuge

1624 Hood-Franklin Rd
Elk Grove, CA   95757 - 9774
E-mail: stonelakes@fws.gov
Phone Number: 916-775-4421
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  Wildlife Observation and Photography
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A 2-mile self-guided trail through grasslands and ending at the viewing platform overlooking seasonal and permanent wetlands is open the second and fourth Saturday of each month, weather permitting. Additional tours are led by refuge staff and volunteers on a monthly basis, and will be announced in the Stone Lakes Newsletter and on the refuge information line at (916)775-4420. Depending on the season, visitors can expect to see a variety of migrating and resident birds including waterfowl and waterbirds along with a variety of hawks and falcons in the wetlands and riparian areas with good photo opportunities.

A barrier-free access restroom unit is provided at the entrance off of Elk Grove Boulevard and at the end of Elliott Ranch Road. The trail from Elliott Ranch Road to the viewing platform is universally accessible, as is the viewing platform. The trail is about 1/4 mile long.

The new office and visitor contact station is located 1.3 miles west off of Interstate 5 on 1624 Hood Franklin Road. Plans for walking trails, wildlife viewing and photography opportunities, and interpretive displays are now being developed for this area.

Birding is fun! Have you ever been outdoors hiking, or even mowing, and a bird caught your interest, whether for it's song or stealing your pets food? Often times you may see or hear birds and wish you knew how to tell them apart. The trick to learning birds is rather easy: start simple.

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