(1522) TOUR – Model Wetlands at The Black Hole – November 5, 2022

NEW – This year we have a very special opportunity to tour the managed wetlands developed by Dino Cortopassi. Affectionately called the “Black Hole,” this refuge for waterfowl is unique in many ways. Trevor Carlson will meet you at the clubhouse for an introductory discussion before loading a small bus for a tour of the grounds. You will see areas of habitat restoration that have been specifically designed for Wood Ducks and Mallards. Originally designed as a hunting club, the family’s love of nature has made this an oasis for all kinds of wildlife and waterfowl. The Black Hole is surrounded by rice fields that attract thousands of Sandhill Cranes and they are often seen along Woodbridge Road. Bring a sack lunch, if you like, and have a picnic after the tour.

TOUR TIME: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Enter the property at 13254 Woodbridge Road and follow the drive to the clubhouse. Watch for a lookout tower near the clubhouse.

Adult: $50.00

Book this tour beginning September 5, 2023

Tour guides will receive a list of customers who have registered by October 30, 2022.

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Meet your guide at the Black Hole clubhouse by 9:30 am. 13254 Woodbridge Road.


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Cancellation Policy: Full refunds (minus a 3% processing fee) are available prior to a tour upon the customer’s request at A full refund is automatically issued for any events cancelled by the festival organizers.

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Trevor Carlson

Check in with your guide at the Black Hole Club House at 9:30.

The Club House is down a gravel road to the back of the property.

Depart the Black Hole. You may stay longer to enjoy a picnic on the grounds. Bring a sack lunch.

It is best to dress in layers.  The delta can be very cool in the morning and evening, but quite warm in the afternoon.

There is no food or water available on this tour, so participants are encouraged to bring a snack and a bottle of water if they like.

No, this tour does not require a Lands Pass.

Binoculars and a spotting scope may be brought on this tour. There is limited space on the bus and your things may have to be carried on your lap. Check with your guide.

You should definitely bring your camera.

Yes, handicap accessible restrooms or port-a-potty is available at the tour site. Nevertheless, everyone should use the restroom before the tour begins.

This tour requires the ability to get on and off a small bus. It also may require the ability to walk and stand on uneven surfaces for short distances.

Yes, there is handicap parking available at the Club House.

This tour is not wheelchair accessable.

The Cosumnes River Preserve does not allow dogs. In general, it is not acceptable to bring dogs to the festival or on tours because they may interfere with other participants or disturb wildlife. Service animals must be handled so as not to disturb other people or wildlife. 

There are many insects, including mosquitos near the water, so long sleeve shirts and long pants are recommended. Insect repellent is recommended.

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