The following is a list of on-line links that you
can use to explore Yolo County using your computer. This list
can be used in conjunction with the "Yolo
Place Names (and Links)" found on the main menu of the
Yolo County GenWeb page. You can use this list to quickly find
destinations of interest within Yolo County and use the "Yolo
Place Names (and Links)" page for further information and
other links, if available.
Berryessa Natural Area (RBNACP)
"Located less than two hours from California’s
Sacramento and San Francisco Bay areas, the BRBNA includes
the rugged, natural landscapes and rangelands of the Putah
and Cache Creek watersheds. The BRBNA is bounded on the east
by the Capay and Sacramento Valleys, on the west by the Clear
Lake basin and the Napa River watershed, on the north by the
Mendocino National Forest, and extends southward towards Interstate
80 in Solano County."
- Cache Creek Area History – Nature lovers
weave link to past, by Beth Curda, Davis
Enterprise article – Using traditional Native American
methods and materials, about 10 people made and tested a tule
"A group of area residents, who gathered
at the Cache Creek Conservancy to try their hands at an American
Indian boat-making technique...."
Creek Canyon Regional Park
Cache Creek Canyon Regional Park is located along Highway
16, approximately 6 miles north of the town of Rumsey.
Creek Conservancy (CCC) – Cache Creek Nature Preserve
The Cache Creek Nature Preserve is west of Woodland, and
north of Winters and Davis. Reservations are needed prior
to visiting the preserve.
Creek Natural Area (Northwestern portion of Yolo County
and southwestern part of Colusa County)
This is a very informative on-line site with
some very nice photographs of the Cache Creek area. The Cache
Creek Recreational Area is located along Highway 16 about
six miles north of the town of Rumsey. It is managed cooperatively
by the Bureau of Land Management's Ukiah Field Office and
the California Department of Fish and Game. The site provides
detailed information regarding the access points from either
Yolo or Colusa Counties. The Native American Indians of the
area are discussed along with the other wild inhabitants and
the environment. The site describes the Cache Creek area as
“This 65,000 acre secluded, hilly expanse of
oak woodlands, grasslands, and chaparral is cut by Cache Creek,
with its year-round water flow. Elevation ranges from 3200
feet atop Brushy Sky High, down to 600 feet in the eastern
end of Cache Creek along State Route 16. Showcasing the area
is about 35 miles of the main fork of Cache Creek and 2.5
miles of the north fork.”
"Along the creek, wetland grasses, rushes and
sedges under a canopy of cottonwoods, willows, oaks and alders
provide excellent wildlife habitat. About half the Cache Creek
area is shrubland, with vegetation including mixed chaparral,
serpentine chaparral and chemise chaparral. The remainder
of the area is about equally divided between native oaks and
grassland. Numerous bird species have been spotted here."
Camp Haswell Park was an old Boy Scout camp. The park is
located 2 miles north of the town of Rumsey along State Highway
The Clarksburg facility is located on a 3.9 acre shelf of
land inside the Sacramento River Levee just 1.5 miles below
Clarksburg & County Road E-9.
- Davis Historic Bike Tour
The Virtual Tour of Historic Davis was created
and presented by the third grade students of Julia Cardosa,
Birch Lane School, Davis, California. It includes the history
of Davis told through text, old photographs, and original
drawings created by the students.
The Elkhorn Regional Park is located between
the levee and the Sacramento River, east of County Road 22,
1.75 miles south of where Interstate 5 crosses the Sacramento
River. This park of 55 acres has lush riparian vegetation
and a wide variety of wildlife.
The Esparto Community Park is a 4 acre site located along
State Highway 16 in Esparto.
Regional Park, Yolo County
Grasslands Regional Park is a 320-acre natural preserve that
is located south of Davis in the southern portion of Yolo
County and is located in an original marshland area. After
the levees were constructed, the land was used as farmland.
The article indicates that there is "... a large variety
of wildlife including the red-tailed and Swainson's hawk,
the burrowing owl and other raptors. Enclosed at the park
site is a natural savanna where more than 100 acres of valley
oak trees have been replanted – primarily by community
volunteers – and where vernal pools have been identified
and are being protected...re-creating the natural landscape."
(The preceding quotation was taken from Dave Rosenberg's
web site when he was the Yolo County Supervisor of District
Four. The quotation is used with permission.) <http://www.yolocounty.org/org/BOS/Rosenberg/undiscovered.htm>
Weber Museum, Davis, California
This small but charming Museum is located at 445 C street
in Davis. It is run by volunteers from the Yolo County
Historical Society who collect and present the collective
memories of the residents of Davis and its surrounding areas
for the edification of the community. The extensive
collection of materials is also available for study by scholars
and others interested in local history. Museum hours
are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Hungry Hollow Area of Yolo County - Photographic Tour, contributed by Phil and Barbara Caine.
Knights Landing Boat Launch is located on 4 acres near the
town of Knights Landing, at the junction of the Sacramento
River and the Sycamore Slough, on State Route 45, about 25
miles northwest of Sacramento.
Ranch Open Space Area
Otis Ranch Open Space Area is located between Cache Creek
Canyon Campground and Camp Haswell that is known as the Otis
- Putah – Cache Circumdrive
The Putah-Cache Circumdrive is provided line by The Putah-Cache
Bioregion Project, Robert Thayer, and David Robertson (copyright
- University of California).
- Map of the Putah – Cache Circumdrive (Mapping
The Putah and Cache Creek Watersheds Map is
Map" section. The Putah-Cache Circumdrive tour description
begins and ends in Davis, although you can join the circumdrive
at any point along the route. The drive explores the areas
through Davis, Winters, Lake Berryessa, Middletown, Lake Berryessa,
Middletown, Hidden Valley, Cobb Mountain, Loch Lomond, Lower
Lake, Clear Lake (the last nine locations lie in Lake County)
Capay Valley, Woodland, and the area around, West Sacramento.
My husband and I have driven part of the tour and discovered
many interesting points of interest relating to the history
and environment of the area that you would rarely notice speeding
down the country roads in your car without the tour guide
presented here. We hope to present photographs along the route
as we travel and explore it ourselves in the future to share
with you here on-line.
Putah Creek Exploration Book
The Putah Creek Exploration Book, presented by the Putah Creek Council. This book allows you to explore the Putah Creek area online. You can read about the book on the Putah Creek Countil web site, and two access links for the book are presented there.
Creek Fishing Access
Putah Creek Fishing Access is located on 150 acres, along
a 3.25 mile stretch of Putah Creek and State Highway 128,
7 miles west of the town of Winters.
River Conservation Area Forum
"Riparian habitat along the Sacramento River is a diverse
mosaic of habitat ranging from broad gravel bars to shady
sloughs, from gallery forests to emergent cottonwoods at the
water's edge. The riparian corridor of the Sacramento River
has some of the best agricultural soil and most productive
orchards in the state." (The preceding quotation is
used with permission. For more information on the Sacramento
River, visit the Sacramento
River: A Guide to Recreation and Public Access web site
This web site includes many photographs of the area.)
Valley Historical Railway Depot in Woodland
The Sacramento Valley Historical Railway
(SVHR) is nonprofit, volunteer organization with the goal
of educating the public about railroads and railroad history,
and to the preservation and operation of historic railroad
equipment and structures in the Sacramento Valley. The
main emphasis is on the restoration of the former Southern
Pacific Railroad depot now located at the intersection
of Lincoln Avenue and Sixth Street in Woodland. Since the
depot was moved to this location in 1992, volunteers from
SVHR have spent thousands of hours of time restoring the
depot the what it looked like in the early 1920s.
A. Nichols Park
Nichols Park is located along Cache Creek off of State Highway
16 on County Road 57, at the town of Guinda.
by Crystal Ross O'Hara, Davis
online edition, staff writer, Tuesday, March 3, 2004.
(This article is about things to do and places to see in the
town of Winters.)
(Yolo County – "The
Garden County," by Ann M. Evans and Georgeanne
online edition, Wednesday, March 4, 2004. (This article
is about touring Yolo County by car in the springtime.)
Bypass Wildlife Area (On Interstate 80 at the Yolo
Causeway Yolo Basin)
The above on-line site described as "...
the largest public/private restoration project west of the
Florida Everglades. 3,700 acres of land in the Yolo Bypass
floodway have been restored to wetlands and other associated
habitats." The Yolo Basin Foundation presents a schedule
of weekend field trips for the general public. The trips leaders
are described as "experienced Yolo Audubon members or
other wildlife experts." They focus primarily on the
natural history of the area. This site is managed by the California
Department of Fish and Game to promote an increase in waterfowl
and other bird populations.
For more information on Wetlands, these links
may be of interest:
Yolo County – Hiking
Trails in County (Davis wiki)
This excerpt of the hike includes a history
of the Blue Ridge area, Capay Valley, and the local Patwin
Indians and detailed description of the hike on the Blue Ridge
Web Site – The hikes, trail maps, and outings
on this site are within the Putah and Cache Creek watersheds
which is, reportedly, "the best most beautiful place
in the world." You'll find some very beautiful photographs
on this web site that details many hikes in the Yolo County