Whitewater Preserve is a 2,851-acre sanctuary for wildlife surrounded by the Bureau of Land Management’s San Gorgonio Wilderness. This riparian habitat hosts an endangered southwestern willow flycatcher and least Bell’s vireo, as well as migrating summer tanagers and vermilion flycatchers.
Situated at 9160 Whitewater Canyon Rd, Whitewater, CA 92282, Whitewater Preserve is a popular natural wonder in the California Area. Whether you want to enjoy hiking, float down the lazy creek, or take an inner tube ride across this 500 foot (152 meter) high grassy knoll, there are plenty of activities for all ages and interests here at Whitewater preserve. It’s also a great place just hanging out on your vacation, so don’t forget some water – sunscreen & swimsuits before getting back into town because folks love jumping right into cool refreshing water even though they know it may be hot outside where ever person lives but never more than when we get near rivers.
The canyon is home to a robust population of bighorn sheep, deer, and bears. It’s an important wildlife corridor between the San Bernardino Mountains on one side and the San Jacinto Mountain range across town on another side which allows abundant animal life in this isolated area where most other habitats have been destroyed over time due to human activity or natural disasters like fires. During fire season, the smoke can really affect the Riverside County population.
The Wildlands Conservancy has expanded its preserve in the Whitewater corridor by purchasing 3,200 acres of donated BLM lands. These include sand dunes that are home to endangered fringe-toed lizards at Windy Point and near San Gorgonio River confluence, where it meets up with the Whitewater River.
Whitewater Preserve is a special place, and we want to keep it that way. That’s why there are so many rules: no fires allowed (it can be hard enough watching your campfire die down), hunting or shooting aren’t welcome either. Whitewater Preserve is a perfect place to take your dog on nature hikes. Not only are there beautiful views, but you can also camp out under the stars in one of these preserves. Leave No Trace principles must be followed when camping at Whitewaters, or else it’s possible that future visitors won’t know what was left behind by previous ones like me (you’ll find rocks and plants). It would mean so much more if people were able to leave other items around after themselves rather than taking everything with them, including trash – let others have some sense discovery too by leaving something behind for those who come afterward.
Another popular spot in the area is The Cove Waterpark, especially if you need to cool off in the heat.