|Entrance to Oak Grove Regional Park|
As the dog days of summer begin to dwindle down and we all to start to set our sights on fall, you may be looking to make the most of this last month of summer. A Stockton summer wouldn’t really be right without a trip to Oak Grove Regional Park. Located near Spanos Park West, Oak Grove Regional Park boasts a gorgeous 180 acre oak tree preserve that has truly become a treasured staple of Stockton, California. Besides being the home to fishing derbies and the upcoming Annual Labor Day Pow-Wow, Oak Grove Regional Park features a wide range of activities and points of interest for the young and old alike.
|Take a paddleboat ride!|
Anglers and fisherman are welcome to fish from the 10-acre lake stocked with seasonal catfish and trout. Fishing at Oak Grove costs $3 for those 16 and older and a California fishing license is required. If getting out on the water is more your style, enjoy the weekend paddleboats and aqua cycles. Thirty minute water “vehicle” rentals are available from 10:00am to 6:00pm every April weekend till the first weekend of October. Standard paddleboats run $5 for a thirty minute rental and specialty paddleboats and aquacycles run at $10. Challenge friends to a boat race or simply enjoy paddling around the lake and enjoying the views.
|Oak Nature Center at Oak Grove Regional Park|
Learn about the flora and fauna native to the park and the San Joaquin Valley at the Oak Grove Nature Center. Open weekends from noon to 4:00pm (and weekdays by appointment), the Nature Center is completely run by volunteer docents who provide educational programs to the community and assist in the development and maintenance of the Nature Center and its outlying gardens. The Nature Center is full of displays and dioramas of live native animals, preserved wildlife specimens, and a Claudia Landeen School science project on owl diets. If you’re a history fan, check out artifacts of the native Yokut and Miwok people who once called Central California home. Enjoy hands-on exhibits like using microscopes to examine specimens and children’s activities including nature block puzzles, Native American pump drill experiments, and acorn pounding. Budding botanists will also enjoy the Native Plant Garden behind the Nature Center. Make sure to check out the special events at the Nature Center, like Astronomy in the Park happening September 3rd and Nature Nights on August 26th!
|Nature trail at Oak Grove|
If you're feeling up for a stroll, take a hike through Oak Grove Regional Park’s two nature trails. The Yokuts Trail (.4 mile long) and the Miwok Trail (1.8 miles long) are handicapped accessible trails that offer the perfect chance to see native plants, animals, and oaks dating back centuries. While meandering through the park, you’ll also see that Oak Grove has four separate playgrounds. Three modern playgrounds complete with swings and jungle gyms and a rock play area perfect for safe climbing allows for little ones to burn off some extra energy. And for sports fans, Oak Grove Regional Park is home to an 18-hole disc golf course, expansive lawns for impromptu soccer games, and horseshoe pits.
|Willow Shelter at Oak Grove|
Most importantly, Oak Grove Regional Park is so special to Stockton because it’s a great place to spend with family and friends. Set up a picnic on the grass or on a bench near the lake. The park's resident ducks and Canadian Geese will be sure to beg for any spare bread! Or if you’re celebrating a big event or anniversary, Oak Grove offers many rental facilities and outdoor picnic shelters. A list of available rental facilities along with prices and rental information can be accessed here. A favorite among family reunions, Oak Grove can also accommodate large groups looking to barbeque and enjoy some time out in the sun.
Oak Grove is open daily (except Christmas) 8:00am to the posted closing. There is a parking fee of $5 per vehicle ($10 for vehicles over 22ft) and leashed pets are welcome with a $1 charge. Oak Grove Regional Park is located at 4520 W. Eight Mile Road in Stockton, California. If you have any questions, please call (209) 953-8800.
Have a great rest of the summer, everyone!
Have a great rest of the summer, everyone!