Enjoy the Great Outdoors of Suisun City

From boating to bird watching to fishing, following is an alphabetical listing of recreational activities available in Suisun:

biking | bird watching | boating | fishing | wildlife parks

The Harbor bike race through downtown is an annual event held along Main Street.Biking: Bring your bicycle for a day of cycling on the quiet country roads of the Suisun City area. Wander through farm fields and ride along the banks of the Suisun Bay and the calm waters of the California Delta. For the more urban rider, follow the recently completed section of the Central County Bikway connecting Suisun City together with neighboring regions.


Bird Watching: Excellent bird watching opportunities abound in Suisun City, especially in the open spaces of the protected Rush Ranch. Rush Ranch supports more than 200 species and 47 families of plants, 15 mammal species and 123 bird species. Three self-guided trails lead through grasslands, provide spectacular views and take you along the edges of the Suisun Marsh. The Suisun Marsh gained national notority in 2008 when a rare snowy owl made its home in the marsh for a few weeks, bringing bird lovers from all over to catch a glimpse of this magnificent owl.

Also visit Grizzly Island in the heart of the Suisun Marsh for excellent bird watching opportunities (scroll down for more information about Grizzly Island).

Boating: Sail, motor or cruise the relaxing water of the California Delta from the Suisun City Waterfront. Offering public launching facilities to accomadate the weekend boater and slips for rent to house your boat. Parking passes are available for daily, monthly, and yearly use. For more information regarding parking costs or slip availability and rental, contact the Suisun City Harbor Master at 429-2628.

Local marine sales and service is provided by California Marine Sports, a leader in powerboat and wakeboard sales and service. CMS is located at 1240 Kellogg Street at Walnut Street, just north of the boat launch. For more, go to www.calmarinesports.com or call 707-864-2500.

The Solano Yacht Club, founded in 1954, is located right on the Suisun City Marina, providing plenty of dock space for both members and visiting yacht club, and pump out and fueling stations nearby. It has an active cruising fleet and welcome cruising members from other clubs. For more, go to www.solanoyachtclub.org

Fishing: The Waterfront District of Suisun City is an ideal spot for a day of great fishing. Cast your line from the Suisun City Fishing Pier, or put in your boat at the Suisun City Boat Launch and motor over to Grizzly Island’s waters which are home to striped bass, white catfish, white sturgeon, black crappie, and even the occasional largemouth bass. A fishing license is required and can be obtained at local bait and tackle shops. For current fees and further information about obtaining fishing licenses visit the California Department of Fish and Game website


Wildlife Parks

Cory the Cormorant rests on the edge of the Suisun Marina dock. Many species of birds and other wildlife can be seen in the harbor and its connecting waterways.Suisun Marsh: Making up over 10 percent of California’s remaining natural wetlands, the Suisun Marsh is the largest contiguous brackish water marsh remaining on the west coast of North America. It encompasses 116,000 acres and includes 52,000 acres of managed wetlands and offers outstanding hiking and wildlife viewing.

Enjoy a sunset kayak trip, a little fishing or explore Indian grinding stones. Sitting at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, Suisun Marsh is made up of low-lying island and tidal wetlands, and offers great hiking, wildlife viewing, and fishing. The Suisun Marsh has been included by a notable travel writer as one of her top favorite destinations in California.

Grizzly Island: The Grizzly Island complex, with its multiple islands, is a great place to play, with extensive hiking and fishing. Grizzly Island’s waters are home to striped bass, white catfish, white sturgeon, black crappie, and even the occasional largemouth bass. The Grizzly Island complex covers 15,000 acres with 75 miles of road and trail. Grizzly Island Information.

Peytonia Slough State Ecological Reserve: There are a multitude of graveled trails for hiking and wildlife watching at Peytonia Slough. Wherever you hike, keep a close eye on the trail; you might see otter footprints or the hoof marks of tule elk. Don’t neglect the skies either; the marsh is home to over 220 species of birds. If you’re lucky possibly, spot a peregrine falcon. Peytonia Slough Information.

Rush Ranch: A property of the Solano Land Trust, Rush Ranch is 2,070 acres of open space. Almost half of the protected area is undiked brackish tidal marsh, which plays a significant role in providing habitat for many endangered plant and wildlife species. The wetland area is a part of the Suisun Marsh and a component of the San Francisco Bay Area Estuarine Research Reserve. Visit the Kit House, a 1930s Sears and Roebuck mail-order house now used as a museum and visitor center. Rush Ranch offers year-round events and is a popular spot for birdwatching and hiking. Picnic areas are available. For details visit: http://www.rushranch.net/ or http://www.solanolandtrust.org/a_e_rushRanch.php

Suisun Wildlife Center: Managed by the Marsh Natural History Association, the Suisun Wildlife Center is dedicated to conserving local wildlife and to the preservation of the Suisun Marsh, including wildlife rescue & rehabilitation and environmental education. The Suisun Wildlife Center is a state-sanctioned nursery and safe-haven for abandoned infant wild animals from the neighboring Marsh. Susiun Wildlife Center Information.