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Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch

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Birds, Birds, Birds

This place is amazing if you like birds. There are many vareities of water fowl and land birds... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Dunlap, Illinois

Our daughter(s) and their families visited last winter, and we took the grandkids to the Preserve... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gilbert, Arizona
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2757 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234
+1 480-503-6234
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This place is amazing if you like birds. There are many vareities of water fowl and land birds. The paths are wide and level. While many are not paved, they are hard packed and a wheel chair would not be much trouble to push.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RogoD
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our daughter(s) and their families visited last winter, and we took the grandkids to the Preserve for their first fishing experience. The day was sunny, in the 60's and the Preserve was beautiful and pristine. The youngest grand-daughter (7) caught her fish ever. A small...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank azscorp53
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to go relax, fish, walk or take pictures. We park at the library and walk down around the pond. Always a spot to fish or set up a chair. My girls love to find the turtles that are aways around. At night in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Matt B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked on the many trails in this park and still didn’t see everything. There’s a place for kids to play as well. During our visit we logged in 47 different types of birds. It’s a very well maintained and fun place to visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Paul507
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice path around a fishing lake for a peaceful walk. Then explore the paths around the managed lowland swamps to view the birds and wildlife.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank _bbulldog1950
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We go here often to just relax and hear the wildlife especially at night and just walk around the ponds. Great place to fish and its safe for everyone.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ronaldbK9537RT
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Multiple ponds, some dry some wet. Rotate ponds to preserve and condition the ground for nature. Plenty of signs explaining the water rotation process.You just have to read. So many animals, rabbits, birds in trees, birds in water, mice playing in the brush, exotic birds,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We expected more from this preserve. Most of the lakes were dried up and just looked like dirt. In the water that was there we did get to see some ducks, egrets and pelicans. We heard lots of birds in the trees but we never...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mary D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The riparian preserve in a great place for the kids with a great play area including an artistic 80 foot snake made of concrete. There is an observatory and several trails for walking. Tons of wildlife everywhere. Down side is parking lot is small and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kenneth B
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Great place to take the family. Kids have fun walking the various trails and viewing the "wild life". Good opportunity for some exercise. And there's even the opportunity to fish!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank plarsenrk2003
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Jerome T
5 May 2018|
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Response from 613gregs | Reviewed this property |
There are not. As the water is part of the water reclamation system for the city it is not open to have boats or people in it.
Marty F
17 March 2018|
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Response from DMC301 | Reviewed this property |
It is common with our intense sunlight for algae to bloom in ponds. The reclaimed water is strained, filtered and chlorinated but is not for consumption. It is primarily used for landscape irrigation such as golf courses... More
29 May 2017|
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