Putah Creek Riparian Reserve

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The Putah Creek Riparian Reserve is an active channel of Putah Creek (the old north fork) and is owned and managed by U.C. Davis. The university manages the reserve as a teaching and research area, consistent with the mission of the University of California. The reserve is a natural haven for wildlife in an urbanized and agricultural landscape.The reserve also serves as a nearby passive recreation area for residents of the cities of Davis and Dixon.


The property is owned by the University of California. The university owns the entire North Fork Cutoff, which is the historic channel of the creek, and about 6 miles of the north bank of the active stream.


640 acres.

Open space benefits:

Beaver, ground squirrels, deer, snakes, lizards, and a variety of fish and other aquatic organisms inhabit the creek and its riparian corridor. Though seldom seen, bear and mountain lion have been reported on the creek corridor. The reserve presents a unique opportunity to conduct field research on a riparian system within close proximity to the central campus. The reserve also serves as a nearby passive recreation area for residents of Davis and Dixon. Public uses include wildlife viewing, fishing, hiking, biking on roads, and canoeing. The City of Davis runs an environmental summer camp called Camp Putah, and the Putah Creek Council stages several creek cleanups each year along the creek.

Public accessibility:

This property is publicly accessible (except for about 380 acres west of Pedrick Road reserved for habitat mitigation at the U.C. Davis Russell Ranch).


The property is generally located south of the intersection of Levee Road and Brooks Road, west of Highway 113.