Dos Rios Ranch Identified as a Potential State Park
River Partners’ Acquisition Site Included in Central Valley Vision Implementation Plan
Dos Rios Ranch. Photo © Douglas Steakley Photography.
California State Parks has identified a portion of one of our acquisition projects – Dos Rios Ranch – as a high priority area for new park land, according to its “Draft Central Valley Vision Implementation Plan.”
This recognition marks an important step in a multi-year effort, spear-headed by River Partners and the Tuolumne River Trust, to acquire this important conservation property.
Comprised of 1,600 acres of floodplain land at the confluence of the San Joaquin and Tuolumne rivers, the Dos Rios Ranch sits directly across from San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge (SJRNWR). Once acquired and restored, Dos Rios Ranch, combined with the SJRNWR, will make one of the most biologically rich areas in the entire San Joaquin Valley, creating more than 8,550 areas of environmentally enhanced flood corridor habitat.
This acquisition also will reduce flood risk to adjacent agricultural lands. The Dos Rios Ranch can provide up to 10,000 acre feet of floodwater attenuation, offering significant transient water storage capacity.
For the community, making a portion of Dos Rios a State Park will increase outdoor recreation opportunities near Modesto in the San Joaquin Valley, an underserved region statewide. It will expand public access along the Tuolumne and San Joaquin Rivers. Further it will protect open space in California’s fastest growing region, the Central Valley.
Although the deadline for comments was December 15, those who are interested can find a copy of the Draft Central Valley Vision Implementation Plan.
Historically State Park funds have gone to the coast or Southern California. River Partners would like to take this opportunity to applaud State Parks’ initiative for the Central Valley.