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Address: Woodbridge Road, Lodi, CA

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Such a privilege to view these harbingers of the past

We make an annual two-hour drive from the bay area to Lodi specifically to see the Sandhill Cranes who've migrated fom the northwest. Both the Isenberg and the Woodbridge Road... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Pam W
Palo Alto
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Palo Alto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We make an annual two-hour drive from the bay area to Lodi specifically to see the Sandhill Cranes who've migrated fom the northwest. Both the Isenberg and the Woodbridge Road Crane Reserves are their regular feeding and nesting grounds. Just to see them fly in and hear their unique gurgling calls makes the heart beat faster. The bonus is seing... More 

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oakland, CA USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We traveled from the Bay Area to view the fabulous Sand Hill Cranes for their namesake festival in Lodi last weekend. Our nature bus tour drove us out to Isenberg Crane Reserve. They say the birds prefer fewer vehicles so the bus is less stressful for them. We saw many hundreds of cranes as they dove in at sunset. Their... More 

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Morada Nova, CE
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great place to walk and see a variety of birds. The cranes are more abundant certain times of the year.

Thank DaniRaeyDaye
Lodi, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Watch for the Sandhill Crane Festival in Lodi held the first weekend of November each year. This year is the 20th year! Great for birders and families. At the reserve you can watch the cranes fly in for the night.

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Sacramento, California
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

Not every visit can be as perfect as ours but our experience at the Isenberg Reserve was extraordinary. We arrived shortly before sunset on a lovely clear evening. The cranes were flying back to the wetlands from feeding grounds by the many hundreds in large flocks, forming wide, single row formations. We could hear them almost before we first spied... More 

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Castro Valley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

This is an easy place to usually be able to see the sandhill cranes quite up close - and a good pair of binocular bring them even closer. While we were there in early February at dusk, we saw a few flocks of them coming in for the night, huge noisy flocks of snow geese and white-fronted geese settling in... More 

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Jackson, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016

This year, the cranes returned early from an early winter in the arctic. I had not been for several years but glad I went there this afternoon. My friend from Serbia wanted to see "nature" and we were not disappointed! Many simply park at one of the two parking lots near I-5, but the cranes and other waterfowl seldom get... More 

2 Thank Larry A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016

I appreciate the dedicated docents who made the experience terrific - very informative and the cranes are exquisite.

Thank Shirley F
Oakland, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016 via mobile

It's just a little out of the way from town, and it's a pretty unique site, but i wouldn't go out of my way to see it. If you're in the are, swing by, take some pictures and have a picnic.

Thank Dianah R
San Francisco, Ca
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

Go with the understanding that this is wildlife viewing in nature, not a zoo. This would be great if the crane fly-in had been all it could be... unfortunately, they chose to go elsewhere to sleep that night, so it was less thrilling than it would be on a different night. But I'd be willing to come back to try... More 

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