Davis Wetlands

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The Davis Wetlands is one of the City's most valuable open space resources. It provides wildlife habitat, flood control, wastewater reuse, recreation, and environmental learning opportunities. The Davis wetlands were constructed by the City of Davis in 1998 and are managed as part of the Davis wastewater treatment facility. Today, water is no longer treated in the Davis wetlands, but treated wastewater is still reused in the wetlands to create important habitat for fish and wildlife.


The City of Davis owns this property in fee title.


400 acres.

Open space benefits:

The Yolo Basin is considered a prime location for wetlands restoration because of its potential to recover some of the historical habitat and reestablish important wintering grounds for waterfowl and migratory birds. The Davis Wetlands provides five types of habitat including permanent open water, seasonal wetland, native grassland, riparian woodland, and mudflats.  Open water habitat serves as refuge and brooding water for wintering and resident waterfowl.  Seasonal wetlands and mudflats host shorebirds, migrant and resident songbirds, and an array of mammals.  The grasslands and riparian woodland support all native plants. Grasslands and woodlands are important habitat for birds-of-prey, song birds, mammals, reptiles and nesting waterfowl.

Public accessibility:

This property is publicly accessible and open to the public during limited times during the year.  From February 15th through August 31st, the wetlands are open seven days/week from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.  From September 1st through February 15th, the wetlands are open Mondays only from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Docent lead tours of the wetlands often occur on the first Saturday of the month.  Please contact the Yolo Basin Foundation for tour times at or (530) 757-3780.  Special group tours are available depending on access constraints.  Please contact the Department of Public Works for more information at (530) 757- 5686.


The property is located along County Road 28H, about one mile past the Davis Wastewater Pollution Control Plant, near the Levee Yolo Bypass.