Your Travel Guide to Lodi’s Waterways

Your Travel Guide to Lodi's Waterways

An inland delta and estuary, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta encompasses more than 1,000 miles of waterways centered in and around Lodi. 

Assuming you didn’t bring your own boat, a great way to unwind after a busy day is Headwaters Kayak Shop’s sunset paddle trips that start at Lake Lodi and cruise the Mokelumne River on every Wednesday during spring and summer.

Birds of a Feather

September through early March, flocks of Sandhill Cranes, each with a 7-foot wingspan, congregate in Lodi’s wetlands, some of which have been officially turned into a Sandhill Crane Reserve. The locals-favoriteSandhill Crane Festival is the first weekend of November.

The Cosumnes River Preserve holds 45,859 acres of wildlife habitat open for hiking alongside vernal pools and seasonal wetlands, or paddling by canoe or kayak through free-flowing sloughs.

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Flying High-Touching Down

For the true thrill seekers who seek a birdseye view of the region, be sure to grab your helmet and head to Lodi’s Parachute Center. A key sky-diving and parachute destination, it’s one of the biggest and oldest in the country. The facility serves first timers and pros alike.

And Don’t Miss…

Owned by brothers Michael and David Phillips, the guys behind Michael David Winery, Phillips Farms is a wide-reaching Lodi farming operation. Sourcing from what they grow, they also run a popular farm café and bakery just outside of town. Locals and visitors flock in for the insanely fresh and delicious fruit pies, breads and cookies. Next to the café, a fruit stand brims with seasonal delights. 

Look also for Rhythm and Blueberries’ blueberries, pomegranates and pears in Galt and local farmers markets, as well as cherries from Gotelli Farms and olive oil from Cecchetti Olive Oil.

Published on November 24, 2013
Topics: California Travel Guide, Travel
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Virginie Boone
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Reviews wines from California.

Contributing Editor Virginie Boone has been with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and reviews the wines of Napa and Sonoma. Boone began her writing career with Lonely Planet travel guides, which eventually led to California-focused wine coverage. She contributes to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and Sonoma Magazine, and is a regular panelist and speaker on wine topics in California and beyond. Email:

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