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Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch

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Park Amenities

  • 110-acre wetland, wildlife sanctuary
  • 7 ponds along hiking trails
  • 1 recreational urban fishing lake, fishing (must have license)
  • 1 floating boardwalk
  • 3 Overnight Campsites
  • 2 Reservable Small Ramadas
  • 2 Restroom Facilities (north and south)
  • Unique children’s play area
  • Various Benches, Bike Racks, Multi-Use Trails
  • Information Kiosk
  • One Dino Dig
  • Gilbert Rotary Centennial Observatory
  • Viewing blind areas
  • Ethnobotanical garden

Ramada’s/Campsites/Dino Dig:
Reserve a Ramada

  • Dragonfly Ramada: Small Ramada with 4 tables and 1 grill. No Power available.
  • Rattle Ramada: Small Ramada with 4 tables and 1 grill. No Power available.
  • Overlook Pavilion: Pavilion with amphitheater style seating. No Power available.
  • Water Sedge Edge Campsite: Can accommodate up to 20 campers, one fire pit and 1 grill
  • Honey Bee Point Campsite: Can accommodate up 20 to 35 campers, two fire pits and 1 grill
  • Canal Campsite: Can accommodate up to 40 campers, two fire pits and 1 grill 
  • Dino Dig: Simulated dinosaur fossil dig pit. (Instructional staff can be added for a fee)

 

For facility availability check:

Gilbert Recreation Facility Rental Availability

About Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch

observatoryDedicated on October 9, 1999, the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch is a 110-acre wetland, wildlife preserve that supports various habitats wildlife, and plant life. It is located east of Greenfield Road, on Guadalupe Road. The Desert Rivers Audubon organization conducts free Family Bird Walks between 8 am and 1 pm on the third Saturday of every month from October through March. The Riparian also houses Water Ranch Lake, which is an urban fishing lake, regularly stocked with trout, catfish, bass and sunfish by the Arizona Game and Fish department. An urban fishing license is required to fish; children under 14 years old are not required to have license. The Gilbert Rotary Centennial Observatory is located at the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch which is open to the public Friday and Saturday nights managed by the East Valley Astronomy Club. The Riparian also features overnight camping, tours of the Preserve, Scout Badge Work, Eagle Projects, events and School Field trips.

Find out more about the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch