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San Joaquin Wildlife Santuary

5 Riparian View, Irvine CA 92612, Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 261-7963
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Ranked #8 of 16 attractions in Irvine
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Irvine, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

This is a nice place to walk around. It is not very special. Having grown up in the Bay Area, I'm used to a bit more nature. It is very dry here. Even though there are lakes, all the vegetation is dry. If you like birds this is the places to be. We encountered a couple different birds on our... More

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

It is easily missed, but when you find it, it's lovely. This is a low key, undeveloped spot. Nice for a walk or a picnic. But we always see something interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Excellent facility, very well maintained. I went there a few days ago (in August) for the birding opportunities. Be aware that your navigation device may give you the wrong directions as to how to approach the entrance. Some construction has blocked the main route. From the 405 you have to come in on Campus Drive, make a U-turn at University... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I went on a wildlife walk that is held the first Saturday of the month at 9:00 am. It is a short drive off the 405 Fwy in Irvine. We mostly did bird watching, but the walk around the water reservoirs was different from the beach wetlands. The grasses were taller than me, so it was fun to walk around.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I accidentally stumbled upon this place during a bike ride. What a lovely oasis of marsh life! The first time I went I saw a huge bird eating a fish near the waters edge. He was beautiful. The second time I got up close to an egret and watched him nonchalantly catching small fish for his breakfast. This place is... More

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Irvine, California
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

this is a beautiful places and I saw tons of wildlife. I love the trails and the views. Lots of migratory birds and waterfowl to be seen.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

The San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary is undoubtedly a hidden gem of Irvine. Located near the UCI campus, this sanctuary offers a peaceful walk through a natural habitat that is well preserved. There are marshes and flower gardens, all of which house an abundant amount of wildlife. I would definitely go again if I could, and I would recommend this sanctuary... More

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chicago, illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

San Joaquin offers birders a great opportunity to walk and bird. There are an abundance of water fowl and more habitats than you would suspect. The trail maps could be improved; but, it would be hard to get lost. I would not take small children. They do post signs of occasional mountain lions.

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Costa Mesa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

This is a quiet, hidden little walking sanctuary not far from John Wayne Airport. There are several miles of winding trails with lots of different vegetation, trees, flowers, and foliage, depending on time of year. At times, it can be a bird-watchers paradise. There are handy color-coded trail maps making it hard to get lost. Also a cute little museum/nature... More

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newport beach, ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

The San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary is located near the UCI campus and provides a nice break to walk through and view various waterfowl and animals. You can take guided tours on specific dates/times but it is easily walkable in less than an hour.

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