Picnic at San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust

A friend of mine introduced us to the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust while I was pregnant with B. We came here to take family maternity pictures because of all of the beautiful scenery. We have not come back since then, until today. Not wanting to let this idillic spring day go to waste, we packed a little picnic and returned for a visit. It is really a lovely place and there are quite a few very cool events held here, that we will definitely be checking out this spring!

Pack: picnic, picnic blanket, sunscreen, camera.
Parking: lots of free parking down the gravel road off of Old Friant Road.
Hours: Monday-Friday (8 am – 5 pm), Saturday & Sunday (8 am – 3pm)
Cost: Free
Things to do: picnic, photo shoot, hike/bike/run trails, river camps, Respite by the River. (Schedule in photo at the bottom of post)

This valley treasure can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Go explore and appreciate this space in whatever way that suites your family! I’m going to let the photos do the rest of the talking (and my pictures aren’t even that good). Go! Enjoy!

CAUTION: This little pond is hard to see as you approach and it is covered in algae making it almost look like a solid surface. It’s only about a foot or so deep, but the reason I know this is a little boy ran up and fell in as his mom followed behind. Luckily there were a lot of people around today and a man quickly jumped in and fished him out. He was fine, but littles definitely need to be watched closely around this pond. On a lighter, cooler note: there are huge frogs (I’m guessing bull frogs) in this pond that you can see and hear.🐸

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