Kayaking in Elk Grove

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) DRE# 00949880

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!).


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             eXp Realty of California, Inc

Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, e-Pro

Past Client Testimonials   

3412 Babson Drive

Elk Grove, CA 95758





Comments (6)

Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your positive experience.

Have an outstanding week.


Sep 29, 2019 04:08 PM
Leif Price
Chirpy Home - Portland, OR
Blogger at Chirpy Home

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

Sep 29, 2019 06:17 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

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?

Sep 29, 2019 07:45 PM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty

And it was so peaceful!  So many times, we get in the car and drive an hour or two for the peace and quiet and this was literally five minutes from home.  

Oct 03, 2019 04:24 AM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

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

Sep 29, 2019 10:58 PM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty

Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!   They will like it!  Here is another place they would enjoy about 10-15 minutes from Elk Grove, http://www.cosumnes.org/ They can visit just about any time.  We have kayaked and hiked in the area.  We even saw a deer there on one of our visits.

Oct 03, 2019 04:32 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

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!

Sep 30, 2019 06:18 AM
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

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

Sep 30, 2019 04:45 PM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty

Thank you, Abby Stiller.  It was a good day.

Sep 30, 2019 05:07 PM