Explore The Outdoors

Explore The Outdoors


As Yolo County endures the current coronavirus pandemic and we see unprecedented levels of social distancing, Visit Yolo has created a resource guide to local outdoor parks where people can enjoy nature while still maintaining deep social distancing. As always, we encourage everyone to check the latest guidelines from public health authorities as they are frequently changing.

Please click the link to view the current Yolo County resources regarding coronavirus: http://bit.ly/3cX9978 


Nature Parks 

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area: Tens of thousands of waterfowl and shorebirds can be seen resting and feeding during winter and spring migrations October through April.  

Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve: A University of California nature reserve just six miles west of Winters. The reserve is open year round for hiking, bird watching, and plain old fun in the nearby wild. 

Cache Creek Conservancy: This is a splendid 130-acre property on lower Cache Creek offering hiking trails, wildlife viewing, and bird watching. 

Lake Berryessa: Offers fishing and water sports to all nature and water lovers!   

Quail Ridge Wilderness Conservancy: Offering hikes and wildlife viewing.  

West Area Pond: This large habitat area has been recently renovated to improve its habitat value. A bike path runs along the eastern edge of the pond, offering many excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. 

Julie Partansky Pond: Several different viewing areas give an excellent opportunity to observe the wildlife that lives in and visits this habitat area.


County of Yolo Parks

Yolo County Parks offers hiking, fishing, boating, wildflower and wildlife viewing. Visit the County of Yolo website for more information. 

Cache Creek Regional Park: A 700-acre park that offers opportunities for nature study, fishing, trails, and more.

Camp Haswell: This old Boy Scout Camp is ideally situated to enjoy Cache Creek, have a picnic, or enjoy a nature walk.

Clarksburg Boat Launch: The Clarksburg facility is located on a 3.9 acre shelf of land inside the Sacramento River Levee just 1.5 miles south of the town of Clarksburg. The boat ramp serves as an access to the Sacramento River for boating, water skiing, and fishing. 

Grasslands Regional Park: Grasslands Park is a 320-acre park that contains significant natural resources with conservation of vernal pools, Burrowing owls, Swainson’s hawks and other rare and endangered species. Most of the park has ben natively restored with plants that would natively and historically be found on site.

Knights Landing Boat Launch: This park provides access to the Sacramento River for boating, water skiing, and fishing.

Putah Creek Fishing Access: Putah Creek is located on 150 acres between the north side of Putah Creek and State Highway 128, seven miles west of the town of Winters.

Elkhorn Regional Park: The park is 55 acres of lush riparian vegetation and offers a wide variety of wildlife viewing. Recreational opportunities include fishing, picnicking, bird watching, nature study, and boating.

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To find the best hiking destinations in Yolo County please visit Yolo Hiker. You can also visit the Yolo County Parks hiking page.





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