Three segments of the last undammed river in the western Sierra offer cool spots for swimming and plenty of oak shade relief from the unrelenting Central Valley summer. Another river option is a trip back through time at the Cosumnes River Preserve and Visitor Center. This BLM - Nature Conservancy venture keeps alive the largest remaining valley oak riparian forest in California.
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Geese Taking Flight During A Sunrise in Folsom
Put-in: No public access from Highway 49 to Rancho Mureitta.
Directions from Placerville, CA: Swimming Sites: Take Highway 49 south to Pleasant Valley Road. Head east to Bucks Bar Road and farther east to Aukum Road. Opportunities off both roads.
Directions from Sacramento, CA: Cosumnes River Preserve and Visitor Center: Take Interstate 5 to Twin Cities Road exit (midway between Sacramento and Stockton). Travel Twin Cities Road east about a mile to Franklin Boulevard. Head south on Franklin Boulevard to reach the Vistor Center. Two nature trails are prior to Visitor Center.