Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Westgate Landing - Mokelumne River

This trip was awesome.  A couple of friends and I participated in a tour with Dan Arbuckle, owner of Headwaters.  We went in early November to take part in the Sandhill Crane Festival which is held each year in Lodi, California.  The weather was beautiful and the river calm.  We didn't see any Sandhill Cranes up close but saw them from a distance passing overhead making lots of noise.  We also saw a beaver lodge and a couple of river otters playing around.

Westgate Landing Regional Park

Located on the Mokelumne River, Westgate Landing offers 14 R.V./tent campsites (no hook-ups available), a fishing pier, overnight boat docking (no launch available), picnic sites and ½ mile of river frontage.  There is no ramp available but you can launch from the dock but beware you'll need to carry or drag your boat up a pretty big levy to get to the docks.  There are restrooms and it is $5 to park.  From this spot you can explore Sycamore slough which is to the north of the park.  We didn't quite make it to Sycamore slough on this trip but it's my understanding that if you like bird watching that is the place to go.  I plan on going back here another time to check out Sycamore Slough.  To the south is Tower Park Marina Resort.

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