About the Reserve

Photo of visitors inside the reserve

Visitors walking through the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve

The Putah Creek Riparian Reserve is a stream and grassland ecosystem, managed for teaching, research, wildlife and habitat protection. There are approximately 640 acres within the Reserve, with 380 at the Russell Ranch and the remainder on the main UC Davis campus.

A majority of the Putah Creek Riparain Reserve lands on the main campus are open to the public for passive recreation activities, such as fishing, boating, swimming, and hiking.  The south bank of the creek is privately owned, so please stay on the north bank of the creek.

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