5 Social Distancing Activities in Yuba Sutter
by Emily Lee
Social distancing doesn’t have to get you down. Here in Yuba Sutter, staying six feet apart has never been easier. The Yuba Sutter region has always been known for its outdoor adventures. But now more than ever, this beautiful Northern California destination truly has something for everyone...even in the midst of social distancing. Whether traveling with your family or just taking a solo trip to getaway, you can have fun and make memories while staying safe and following Covid-19 guidelines. Check out these top five social distance-friendly activities to do in Yuba Sutter.
Spenceville Wildlife Refuge
Hiking enthusiasts will marvel in the diverse landscape of Yuba Sutter! Spenceville in particular is a beautiful five mile loop located at the Spenceville Wildlife Area near Beale Air Force Base. The trail leads to two stunning waterfalls at the end of the hike (referred to as Beale Falls, Fairy Falls, and/or Shingle Falls). This moderately challenging trail is well-worth the trek. And even better? Dogs are also permitted--just be sure to keep your pup on a leash. Find out more information here.
Yuba City/Sutter Bike Trail
Novice and experienced bikers alike are sure to find their favorite route right here in Yuba Sutter. One of the most popular cycling trails is the Yuba City/Sutter Bike Trail. A flat and scenic trail from Yuba City to the town of Sutter, this ride offers a great view of the Sutter Buttes (the world’s smallest mountain range!). During the fall months, riders often experience waterfowl flying overhead during the migratory season. Often called the Sutter Commuter Bikeway, find more information here.
Yuba and Sutter Counties are home to some of Northern California’s most beautiful reservoirs, lakes and rivers. Collins Lake is a popular destination for a few reasons, namely big bass, trophy trout and their giant ice cream cones! Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas in Oregon House, California, the lake is stocked with over 50,000 rainbow trout every spring and fall, in addition to naturally propagating brown trout, small and largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, redear, and other panfish! The family-run campground is open year-round and offers lakefront RV hookup and tent camping. Visitors can practically fish right out of the lakefront sites! Cabin, boat and RV rentals are also available. Find out more information here.
Plumas Lake Golf & Country Club
A semi-private facility, Plumas Lake Golf remains open to the public and has twice been rated as a top 100 public golf course in America by Golf Digest. Located 10 miles south of Marysville and just 6 miles off Highway 70, this course is a relatively short thirty minute drive from Sacramento. While playing the course, golfers can expect to encounter an abundance of mature oak trees that both line the Bermuda fairways and protect the relatively small greens. A drainage canal meanders throughout the property and comes into play on twelve of the eighteen holes. The course is not exceptionally long or hilly, so those seeking exercise will find it to be an enjoyable walking golf course. Find out more information here.
Gray Lodge Wildlife Area
If nature is your passion, look no further! Gray Lodge is unique in its diversity and location along the Pacific Flyway, making it a haven for wildlife. Surrounded by miles of rich agricultural lands, the 9,000 acres of land it encompasses is managed for the wildlife that call Gray Lodge home. Reflective ponds, grassy fields and wooded riparian areas provide food, water and shelter for more than 300 species of resident and migrant birds and mammals. Visitors of all ages enjoy visiting Gray Lodge, and wildlife viewing is available year round. Find out more here.