Rancho Seco Recreational Area

Get back to nature at Rancho Seco Recreational Area
Take a 45-minute drive from downtown Sacramento and 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.

Trout emerging from water.

Trout Derby

April 6 & 7, 2024

Thousands of pounds of trout are up for grabs at our Trout Derby at Rancho Seco Recreational Area.

View the derby rules for more information.

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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. 

More information

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

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