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 open from dawn to dusk, 365 days per year.
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.
Dry Creek is also home to SRT’s Native Plant Nursery, where we grow the many native and drought-tolerant plants we use for restoration projects. Check our Calendar page for volunteer days and plant sales, whose proceeds help fund our numerous conservation projects throughout Central California. You can also make a private appointment with our Nursery Manager Caroline Lilly (559-738-0211 Ext. 115 or email@example.com.) Dogs on-leash are welcome. Parking, an information kiosk, trails, picnic tables, and restroom facilities are available.
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.
How to get to Dry Creek Preserve
Sequoia Riverlands Trust is a nonprofit organization whose mission to keep our preserves open for the public. There is no fee to visit our preserves, but visitor donations help us maintain these spaces for generations to come.
Donations can be left in the onsite secure donation box.
Recommended donation: Non-Members $5 | Members FREE
For information on how to become a member, visit our Donate page.
Dry Creek Preserve is located at 35220 Dry Creek Road, Woodlake CA 93286, 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.
ABOVE: In 2021 Steve Rice Lake at SRT Dry Creek Preserve was named by SRT along with our partner, Energy Upgrade California, who gifted three Californians the naming rights to three natural landmarks on SRT lands for their contribution to conserving energy. Each winner who joined the EUC "Keep it Golden" movement showed an exceptional commitment to reducing energy use in the name of preserving the environment. As a reward, they won the honor of renaming a piece of California to remind Californians that each and every one of use has a role in preserve our Golden State. Winner Steve Rice rename the pond at Dry Creek Preserve "Steve Rice Lake." Congratulations, Steve!
Dry Creek Preserve Photos
ABOVE: Dry Creek Preserve's spring wildflowers and broad vistas make it an attractive setting for professional film, video, and photography projects.