UC Davis – Putah Creek Riparian Reserve

2760 Levee Rd Davis, CA 95616

Levee Road


The UC Davis Putah Creek Riparian Reserve is a 640-acre natural riparian and grassland ecosystem that runs along the southern edge of the UC Davis campus. Maintained and operated by the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, the campus utilizes the Reserve for teaching and research purposes, wildlife and habitat protection, and community engagement.

Exploring this natural ecosystem is equivalent to entering a time machine to understand what the UC Davis Arboretum must have been like well before the university arrived. A majority of the land is open to the public for recreational activities such as fishing, boating, swimming, and hiking.