Real Estate Ray's Blog: Kayaking in Elk Grove

Kayaking in Elk Grove

Saturday morning we spent time kayaking in the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.  We visited a private area that can only be accessed on the  Wildlife Observation Paddle Tours with a guide.  It was beautiful.  It was peaceful.  It was only five minutes from our home in Laguna West, Elk Grove and it took me and my wife over 20 years of living here to discover it.  The area we accessed is a three mile slough.  We were lucky the Sandhill Cranes had just showed up a couple of days ago.  We also saw plenty of  Blue Herons. 


Wild Life and Habitat along the slough.

Our docent relayed one interesting story to us.  The refuge was created in 1994.  The area was overgrown had not been managed well.  At first, no Sandhill Cranes visited the area.  After about 10 years of work, the first couple of Sandhill Cranes showed up.  Today, over 1,500 cranes show up each year.  Lots of other birds visit the area too so you just never know what you will see. Regardless, the area is beautiful and stands on its own as a destination to visit whether you have lived here for 20 years or are just visiting the area for a few days.

Stonelake National Refuge slough     Stonelake National Refuge slough

Stonelake National Refuge slough     Stonelake National Refuge

There is only one more planned guided tour this year on Saturday, October 5th from 9 am to noon.  It looks like the tours will pick up again in early June next year.  They also hosted a harvest tour in September that looks like it would be a lot of fun to join.  Maybe I will see you on that tour next year.

Elk Grove has a lot to offer.  Feel free to call or email me with any questions you may have about the area.  We have lots of activities and fun adventures here and nearby, great restaurants and some wonderful neighborhoods like, Laguna West, Lakeside, Stone Lake (and many others!).


             eXp Realty of California, Inc

Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, e-Pro

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3412 Babson Drive

Elk Grove, CA 95758




Comment balloon 6 commentsRaymond Henson, SRES, GRI • September 29 2019 08:24PM


Thank you very much for sharing your positive experience.

Have an outstanding week.


Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

Hope you enjoyed a great weekend with your kayaking and have a great start of the week. 

Posted by Leif Price, Blogger at Chirpy Home (Chirpy Home) 8 months ago

Hi Raymond, It sounds like you had a wonderful kayaking trip.  With the fresh air, exercise, beautiful views and abundant wildlife - how could you go wrong?

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) 8 months ago

This is very cool. I will share with my family up in Elk Grove.

Posted by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) 8 months ago

Raymond Henson - Welcome to ActiveRain! This is my first visit on your blog post but I share your passion! There's nothing better and more rewarding when you want peace and tranquility than to be in a kayak on a lake!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 8 months ago

Hi Raymond Henson It sounds you and wife had a grea time kayaking in Elk Grove, pictures looks amazing!

Posted by Abby Stiller, Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637 (REMAX Realty Group) 8 months ago