TOUR #523 – Crane Fly-In Woodbridge Ecological Reserve SOUTH UNIT #2 – November 4, 2023

We are doing something exciting again this year!  Instead of taking busloads of people to the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve South, this tour has been changed to a limited carpool event.  We have reserved parking space and the viewing mound for an exclusive rendezvous with the Sandhill Cranes.  Avoid the crowds and listen as experienced volunteer docents from the Department of Fish and Wildlife share the natural history of the cranes. At dusk, in large groups that can number from several hundred to several thousand, the cranes converge on the flooded fields to roost for the night.   Often this spectacle of flight, vocalization and ground activity is back-dropped by stunning sunsets behind Mt. Diablo. Book this tour early, as it will undoubtedly fill up fast!

LANDS PASS REQUIRED: All participants are required to carry a current Lands Pass, or fishing or hunting license.  Go to for more information about how to purchase a Lands Pass.  You will be required to show your pass or license when you check in with your guide.

TOUR TIME: 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.

DIRECTIONS: Drive West from Interstate 5 about 2 miles. Watch for the sign and parking lot on your left. Meet your guides at 5:15 p.m. at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve South at the west end of the parking lot, near the viewing mound. You may want to bring a camp chair for your comfort.


OTHER TOURS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST: 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.

Adult: $30
Youth: $25
Child: $20

Book this tour beginning September 5, 2023

Tour guides will receive a list of customers who have registered by October 28, 2023.

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.

This map can be used to search for the best route to your tour from your current location. Drive time from Hutchins Street Square in Lodi, California to this tour is approximately 25 minutes.


Meet your guides at 5:15 p.m. at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve South at the west end of the parking lot, near the viewing mound. (The NORTH unit parking lot will be on your right. Continue west for a few hundred yards. The SOUTH unit parking lot will be on your left.) PARK AT THE SOUTH UNIT.

QUESTIONS REGARDING REGISTRATION: Contact the Registration Coordinator at or leave a message at (800) 581-6150. Notify the Registration Coordinator in advance if special accommodations are needed. Expect a response from the Coordinator within the week.




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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California Department of Fish & Wildlife
California Department of Fish & Wildlife

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.

Yes, a Lands Pass, hunting license, or fishing license is required.  Information about how to purchase a Lands Pass can be found at

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 is fully accessible and requires limited physical effort

This tour requires the ability to stand for at least an hour. Or you may want to bring a camp chair for your comfort.

Yes, there is handicap parking available at the tour site.

This tour site has hard surfaces with some unevenness and or slight inclines. It is wheelchair accessible to most viewing areas.

Yes, handicap accessible restrooms or port-a-potty is available at the tour site. Nevertheless, 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. Service animals must be handled so as not to disturb other people or wildlife. 

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

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