Dry Creek Preserve is a 152-acre former gravel quarry located just northwest of Lemon Cove.
This nature preserve, now fully restored, is the first example of an ecologically-based aggregate mine reclamation in Tulare County. It is also home to SRT’s native plant nursery.
Why It's Unique
The combination of biological and environmental conditions that give rise to the sycamore alluvial woodland community occurs only rarely. While the California sycamore is not an uncommon species, the sycamore alluvial woodland is only found in just 17 stands scattered across central California. The community at Dry Creek is ranked third in size and health of all the remaining stands.
Restoration and Stewardship of Dry Creek Preserve
In 2004, California Portland Cement Company retired their Dry Creek gravel operations and donated the property to Sequoia Riverlands Trust. The 12 years of gravel mining operations significantly altered the Dry Creek streambed and resulted in the loss of numerous mature sycamores and valley oaks. This caused significant damage to one of the largest and last remaining sycamore alluvial woodlands in California.
Since 2004, SRT has partnered with community members, educational institutions, and other conservation organizations to re-establish natural stream patterns and restore the land's woodland vegetation with hundreds of oak and sycamore plantings and native grasses. Now, Dry Creek Preserve once again provides critical habitat for an ever-increasing population of resident and migratory birds and supports native species such as the great blue heron, bald eagle and herds of mule deer. The preserve is also a popular site for visitors every spring with its stunning wildflower show. To learn more about Dry Creek Preserve, read the Dry Creek success story.
If you'd like to visit Dry Creek Preserve...
Dry Creek nature preserve is open from 6am-sunset on weekends. Beginning November 1, it will be open daily, sunrise to sunset. During the summer it has a weekends-only schedule due to fire danger. Dogs on-leash are welcome. Parking, an information kiosk, trails, picnic tables, and restroom facilities are available.
Cost: Sequoia Riverlands Trust is a nonprofit organization that owns and manages six nature preserves including Dry Creek Preserve. It is our mission to keep these beautiful places open for the public. Accordingly, there is no fee to visit our preserves. However, we do ask that you donate to help us keep these spaces available for generations to come.
Suggested donations can be left in the on-site donation box.
How to get to Dry Creek Preserve
Located outside of Lemon Cove: From Visalia, travel east on Highway 198. Take Highway 216 toward Woodlake. Follow 216 west one-half mile then turn north on Dry Creek Road. The preserve is located two miles up up Dry Creek on the right.
Dry Creek Preserve: 35220 Dry Creek Road, Woodlake CA 93286