Owner: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (916) 775-4420
Public Access: yes
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Access Via: Public road
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• Trails Picnic Facilities
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• Informational kiosk
The refuge is located just outside the community of Elk Grove. The boundry is from Morrison Creek in the north to Twin Cities road in the south and Franklin Boulevard in the east to the old Southern Pacific Railroad in the west.
The land was set aside to protect the natural habitats from the pressures of urban development. There are many different types of habitats on the refuge that support different species of wildlife.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages 4,065 acres. 5,000 acres are owned by Sacramento county or other state agencies. The rest of the land is owned by private landowners or cooperative agencies that are willing to manage the land.
The refuge is open to the public but only on certain days and times. To find out more about when the area is open visit the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (http://stonelakes.fws.gov/welcome.htm)
The refuge consists of Stone and Beach Lakes. The land is known to flood during the winter time.
There are many different types of habitat types on the refuge such as perennial wetlands, seasonal wetlands, vernal pools, grasslands, woodlands and ripirain forests. Perennial wetlands support vegetation, such as tules and cattails. Seasonal wetlands have annual plants that grow during the dry months and wetland vegetation such as sedges during the wet months. The vernal pools have been known to sprout wildflowers during the dry months. The tree cover of the refuge consists of valley oak and cottonwood, which makes up the ripirain forest.
The habitats of the refuge support many different types of wildlife species. There are over 200 different bird species as well as numerous fish and other wildlife species.
The land is a key area for migratory fish and waterfowl.