The Cranes are Back, but not the free tours.
After more than a decade of leading free public crane viewing tours we are saddened to have to discontinue the scheduled group tours because of the pandemic.
In the meantime we hope you can enjoy watching the cranes on your own. Following are two of the many places you can see the cranes.
For directions either contact Mike at yogoombah[at]yahoo[dot]com, or use the following directions.
Directions to the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve
The Woodbridge GPS address is 38°09’44.2″N 121°24’52.1″W. For you Google mappers the street address is 11154 W. Woodbridge Rd. Lodi, CA 95242
From Sacramento/North, take Interstate 5 south to Peltier Road. At the bottom of the exit, turn left to Thornton Road where you will go right. Continue on Thornton until the stop sign at the corner of Woodbridge road. At this point Woodbridge Road goes under the I-5 freeway. Make a right hand turn and travel west for approximately 2 miles to the turnout and lookout point of the reserve on the left (south) side of Woodbridge road. All visitors to DFW lands who do not have a fishing or hunting license will need to buy a Lands Pass. Information can be found here. (This “lands pass” requirement will only apply to our trips to the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve, not to Staten Island.)
From Stockton/South, take Interstate 5 north to Turner Road. At the bottom of the exit, turn right to Thornton Road where you will turn left. Continue on Thornton until the stop sign at the corner of Woodbridge Road. Make a left hand turn and travel west for approximately 2 miles to the turn out and lookout point of the reserve on the left (south) side of Woodbridge Road.
Directions to Staten Island
Take I-5 to the Thornton/Walnut Grove exit and proceed west towards Walnut Grove. Go about 3 1/2 miles where you will turn left (south) towards the big silo. The turn is just past a green sign that says, “Staten Island.” Please be mindful that this is an active, working farm. Do not block traffic. Usually by the end of October the harvest is done and conflicts with worker traffic are minimized.
Private and custom tours can be arranged with SOS Cranes for small groups. Contact us for more information. We can also provide crane tours for Spanish speakers or French speakers.