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San Joaquin Wildlife Santuary

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San Joaquin Wildlife Santuary

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CrankingChick wrote a review Feb 2020
Tucson, Arizona7883 contributions1977 helpful votes
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We were in town on vacation and visited the refuge for a morning walk. This is a reclaimed water management site (no odor) with several large ponds that attract birds and wildlife. The ponds are surrounded by over 10 miles of trails (some are dirt roads, really) with a hard-packed surface. The Sea and Sage Chapter of Audubon operates a small visitor center at the entrance with a library and gift shop. The woman working there was very pleasant and helpful. She gave us a map of the reserve (also available online). We spent about 90 minutes walking the loop trails (about 2.5 miles) and saw wildflowers and many birds, particularly waterfowl. The trails were mostly level and firm enough to roll a wheelchair on, though I wouldn't recommend it in wet weather. Benches are provided for resting. The vegetation around the ponds has grown up very high so it was frustrating that we couldn't see over or through it except in certain locations. There weren't very many people there on a Tuesday and it was peaceful and relaxing. Restrooms are provided but the two in the back of the park are portable toilets so I recommend using the one at the entrance before you head out. Note that dogs and bicycles aren't allowed in the reserve.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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catootje wrote a review Jan 2020
Appleton, Wisconsin75 contributions33 helpful votes
My husband and were all excited to visit the Wildlife sanctuary. Unfortunately we did not get any further than a little past the entrance. It was in the midst of the day around 2:15 pm on Thursday Jan 2, 2020. We noticed that there were not many cars and only men. The men in front of us, kept on looking behind and gave us a strange look. When we saw a man without his shirt and socializing with another man, we got the vibe and left. We did not mean to intrude... Maybe we were at the right place at the wrong time...
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Date of experience: January 2020
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bdr009 wrote a review Dec 2019
8 contributions9 helpful votes
This place is still a hidden secret. Thousands of cars pass by each day and I am sure the majority don't even know about it. I used to live across the street and go running here. Highly recommend!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Bambooly wrote a review Oct 2019
779 contributions199 helpful votes
Nice area to walk or exercise in open air. Several trails are available for all kind of activities in a green area. However don’t really agree with the wildlife... you can see some birds and ducks but all is artificial and not sure you’ll see nice wildlife.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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James Weaver wrote a review Oct 2019
Irvine, California2164 contributions15324 helpful votes
Finally made my first visit, and guess what, I liked it. Mostly easy flat walks along different trails. I suppose one could get lost within this area. Just knowing west and east helps you to figure it all out quickly enough. I mean it is large enough to walk and never see another soul, during an hour or so. And since I do not carry a cell phone, that might mean I should not walk alone. I had always speculated what this area was like, somewhat different than I expected. It is kept clean, does not smell, a few buildings on the site. And volunteers are there during the hours they post as being open. I saw mostly birds, not any land animals, and very few humans. I will continue to drive by and walk through this open space as buildings creep ever closer.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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