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Isenberg Crane Reserve

#9 of 46 things to do in Lodi Features Animals
Woodbridge Road, Lodi, CA
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We made it a family outing and were not disappointed. We saw hundreds fly in at sunset. What an... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2017
Disappointing for wildlife photographers. Or I'm missing something.

I don't know if I picked the wrong time of the year (February 4) to visit this place, but it was... read more

Reviewed 5 February 2017
Roy P
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
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Woodbridge Road, Lodi, CA
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

We made it a family outing and were not disappointed. We saw hundreds fly in at sunset. What an adventure and it's certainly not just for young people. It's an extraordinary display.!!!

Reviewed 5 February 2017

I don't know if I picked the wrong time of the year (February 4) to visit this place, but it was hugely disappointing. All I could see were tiny birds that I could not even properly identify - they looked nothing like the photos of...More

Thank Roy P
Reviewed 27 January 2017

Even if you are not a birdwatcher, the spectacle of hundreds of cranes in the reserve's fields is wonderful to behold. I try to go to the reserve every year. I have already been in late December and this year in late January. Woodbridge Road...More

2  Thank Judith D
Reviewed 11 January 2017

We were in town to wine taste but needed a break. Heard that the Sandhill Cranes were in the area. Must go at sunset exactly. Here they come in flocks, many flying overhead but others landing in the fields in front of you. The cry...More

Thank Adventure_Debi
Reviewed 17 December 2016

We don't wait for the Crane Festival. From November through February watching the cranes come home any evening is awe-enspiring.

1  Thank MCWeyfarers
Reviewed 25 November 2016

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...More

2  Thank Pam W
Reviewed 11 November 2016

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...More

2  Thank cvalentino
Reviewed 1 November 2016

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

Thank DaniRaeyDaye
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.

2  Thank loditravelers2
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...More

2  Thank Brickstreet
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7 March 2017|
Response from Judith D | Reviewed this property |
Yes, March would be a good time to visit--but I would not go later than that, as the cranes will start leaving. The best times are December through February. But I do think you can still see the cranes this month.
7 March 2017|
Response from Roy P | Reviewed this property |
From many of the other comments, it looks like late October might be the best time to see the migrating adults. By February, we could see none of the adults - only chicks.