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San Joaquin Wildlife Santuary

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Address: 5 Riparian View, Irvine CA 92612, Irvine, CA 92612
Phone Number: (949) 261-7963
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Aquatic Marshes Right Next to I-5

I know, the idea of visiting the wastewater treatment plant probably isn't high on most peoples' list of attractions. But, I assure you, the Irvine Ranch Water Treatment Plant... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 6, 2015
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Irvine, California
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San Francisco, California
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10 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

I had an hour to kill and wanted a walk. Found this on tripadvisor. It certainly doesn't exactly get you back to nature but is far superior to walking along a roadway. There are several ponds with some lovely birds but for the most part you can't see it since the reeds along the trail are seven feet high. Still... More 

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Irvine, California
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

I know, the idea of visiting the wastewater treatment plant probably isn't high on most peoples' list of attractions. But, I assure you, the Irvine Ranch Water Treatment Plant and Wildlife Refuge is impressive. No smell. Clean and modern and in the middle of everything. Trails around the water ponds to look at the wildlife. A small historic park with... More 

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Irvine, California
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

My husband and I come here often. It's a great place for a walk and/or bird watching. The interactive center is a wonderful place for kids to learn about birding.

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1 Thank Janet E
Irvine, California
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22 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

This is a great place in Irvine to view and photograph birds. There are quite a few ponds spread out over sanctuary, so you can definitely do some walking. The local Audubon society hold events here as well.

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1 Thank BrianVogel
Noida, India
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144 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Here is water reclamaton bond. Birds are attarcted here. We went in the evening, didn't find any bird. Perhaps timings were wrong.

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New York
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76 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

The water reclamation ponds here attract a large variety of birds. It's a great place to observe birds and a good place for an afternoon walk. A few unusual species can be seen here as well. We've visited dozens of times in the past decade and once we even encountered a bobcat.

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Thank GuavaMike
North Tustin, CA
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38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The San Joaquin sanctuary sits on Newport Back Bay surrounded by urban development. But the site is so well situated that a visit is like a trip to the wilderness. I don't remember hearing much traffic noise and certainly the sanctuary was not crowded. A perfect place to see western sea birds and others, plus lizards, snakes,all kinds of nature.... More 

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Thank Lois C
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Wow! I got up early and went exploring here. I saw so many migrating birds, rabbits, and photographers! It was fantastic and wish I had had time to return. Fabulous place. Nice flat trails with so many bird ponds.

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2 Thank Carla D
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Visited during the mid of day. The place is under construction, many trails closed, the whole place is construction site, very dusty and dirty. It says the project will be finished by 2016.

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2 Thank Kylie G
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36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I was in southern California recently (March) and had a little time before my flight home so I decided to check out this place very close to the John Wayne Airport. I was amazed as soon as I drove into the parking lot at how close the American Avocets were to the photographers already there. Unfortunately I did not get... More 

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