Experience the Watershed

Hiking - Camping - Angling


Opportunities abound across the watershed!  Explore the El Dorado National Forest campgrounds  and trails,  enjoy docent led hikes at Sacramento Valley Conservancy's Deer Creek Hills or American River Conservancy's El Dorado Ranch, or hike among the expansive wetlands at the Cosumnes Preserve.   Anglers can meander along miles of streams, or fish from vessels in the lower watershed.

Salmon Observation


The Cosumnes River is a spawning ground for threatened Chinook Salmon, a species that has existed for millions of years.   Affirming the Cosumnes salmon journey up river to spawn allows us to join an ancient cycle of life.  Cosumnes salmon sustained local native peoples for thousands of years, and continue to be a central cultural resource of native people in the watershed today.

Rock Climbing


The geology of the Cosumnes Watershed provides dramatic vistas and exciting rock climbing.  A popular climbing destination is the Bureau of Land Management property on the north fork of the river, accessed from Bucks Bar Road in El Dorado County.  The land was preserved by the American River Conservancy and donated to the Bureau for public enjoyment.



Hundreds of bird species inhabit the watershed; over 250 species have been observed at the Cosumnes Preserve alone.  Watch for  Greater and Lesser Sandhill Cranes, various species of egrets and herons, Northern Pintail, Swainson’s Hawks, and Black-necked Stilts, to name a few. 



The upper Cosumnes Watershed is known for class 2 to class 5 rapids, great scenery, and  the quality of its bedrock drops.  In the lower Watershed, serene summer canoe or kayak paddling excursions are a popular way to relax.

Connect with Nature


The Cosumnes Watershed provides a refuge from the urban corridor to the north.  Whether in the upper or lower watershed, it's still possible to walk for hours without spotting another human being, enjoying the majestic serenity of nature.