THE SAN JOAQUIN RIVER
The San Joaquin River is the life of the monument, flooding the lush meadows, providing valuable habitat for four species of trout, and adding to the diversity and beauty of the entire valley. The river and its surrounding banks provide opportunities for fishing, picnicing, or simply just a place to enjoy the sounds of nature. River access is provided at multiple locations throughout the monument. Soda Springs Meadow is one of the best places to observe seasonal changes in the Monument. As summer progresses, the river's depth and flow wanes, revealing previously submerged gravel bars and the soda springs.