(2722b) TOUR – Stone Lakes Birding and Fly-in November 5, 2022

NEW – Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is home to over 200 species of birds and is a roosting area for Sandhill Cranes. Join a local guide who will lead you along the Blue Heron Trails as you explore this magnificent wildlife sanctuary. The tour is tailored to nature lovers, beginning and intermediate birders, photographers, and families. If you have never been to Stone Lakes, this is a great way to get acquainted. Be prepared to walk about a mile and stand for over an hour. You will likely see numerous waterfowl, raptors, and other birds. If you are lucky, you will get to witness Sandhill Cranes as they fly-in for the night. Don’t forget your camera. A flashlight will be helpful to aide you while walking back to your car. The tour ends at sunset so it will be dark.

This is federal property, so no Lands Pass is required.

TOUR TIME: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

The Blue Heron Trails is located south of Sacramento, just outside of Elk Grove. From Sacramento, travel south on Interstate 5 and take the Hood Franklin Road exit. At the stop sign, turn right, heading west for about one mile. The entrance sigh and turn lane will be on your left.

You may be interested in knowing that other Sandhill Crane tours are available during the fall and winter. For more information about California Department of Fish and Wildlife tours during the season go to this CDFW website. For information about Sandhill Crane tours through the Cosumnes River Preserve, chick here.

This is a free tour but you must sign up here. Click on CLICK HERE TO BOOK THIS TOUR below and follow the directions. You will not be charged for the tour but your name will be added to the list of participants.

Book this tour beginning September 5, 2023

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

Customers who register online for a tour after that date must show the guide a hard copy or phone display of the email receipt. The receipt may go to your spam folder.

Unsold tickets will be available during the festival and can be purchased on this website.

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Meet your guide at the Blue Heron Trails parking lot at 4:00 p.m. You will pass through an electronic gate to enter the cement walkway. Be sure to stay on the trails.


Contact the Registration Coordinator in advance at if special accommodations are needed.


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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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.

You should definitely bring your camera.

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

This tour requires the ability to walk  a mile on a smooth surface and stand for an hour or more.

Handicap accessible restrooms are available at the tour site. Everyone should use the restroom before the tour begins.

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. Dogs are not allowed at the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.

There are many insects, including mosquitoes in the area, so long sleeve shirts and long pants are recommended. Insect repellent is recommended.

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