Rancho Seco Recreational Area

Get back to nature at Rancho Seco Recreational Area
A short 25 minute drive from downtown Sacramento, you’ll find the 400-acre park that makes up the Rancho Seco Recreational Area. Take a short vacation and enjoy bird watching, boating, camping, fishing, hiking and even a sanctuary for rescued exotic animals and wildlife. Camp in comfort with recreation and concession buildings, shade structures, laundry facility, boathouse and newly renovated restrooms and showers.

Large group reservations

  • Groups of 50 or more can reserve our picnic areas
  • Group campsites are also available by reservation
  • We have RV and tent spaces available, some with gorgeous lake views

Want to get away?

For information and reservations, call 1-800-416-6992 (Monday through Friday).

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Trout Derby

April 4 & April 5, 2020

Thousands of pounds of trout are up for grabs at SMUD’s annual trout derby at Rancho Seco Recreational Area.

More information will be coming soon.

Hiking opportunities

Self-led hikes

Enjoy an easy seven mile round trip hike at the Howard Ranch Trail. The walk along the lake offers something special in each season – vernal pools in late winter, soft carpets of wildflowers in spring, contented cattle grazing on lush grass. It’s a working cattle ranch, so please leave your canine friends home.

Docent-led hikes 

For those who would like to learn from local naturalist volunteers on docent-led hikes, the Cosumnes River Preserve offers springtime hikes on the Howard Ranch Trail. Each hike begins at 8:30 AM, takes 3+ hours and is taken at a casual pace. 

Would you like more information? We’re here to answer your questions. Call 1-800-416-6992 (Monday through Friday).