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Turlock lakes offer relaxing views, lively wildlife

Turlock lakes offer relaxing views, lively wildlife

Feeding the ducks — and fish — at Donnelly Park in Turlock is the perfect way to spend a warm spring day.


POSTED May 30, 2013 10:58 a.m.

There’s no need to waste a loaf of bread — stale or not. Next time a day-old loaf of bread makes its way to your kitchen counter, plan a trip to Turlock’s Donnelly Park.

Donnelly Park is Turlock’s most popular park by far. It’s located in the middle of town and sits on 40 acres of cool, green grass, and is speckled with just the right amount of shade trees.

In the middle of the park is a 10-acre man-made lake, perfect for recycling day-old bread.

Built in 1974, the lake is filled with hundreds of waterfowl like geese and ducks. While the lake is also filled with carp and catfish it is illegal to fish. Throw a few slices of bread into the lake, however, and the calm lake becomes a whirlpool of activity with hungry fish vying for bites before the waterfowl even know what’s happening.

The park is so popular that covered gazebos must be reserved eight months in advance. During the sunny months the park is packed every weekend. Along with the lake, an elaborate playground area serves the imagination of hundreds of children a day.

For those looking for a quite place on the weekends, California State University, Stanislaus is the place to be. With few students on campus the university’s many lakes and ponds are calm, relaxing and cool. Ducks, geese and turtles are the resident population at the ponds, which are well-shaded by large evergreen trees. But beware — the geese are known to strike if you approach too closely.

 

DONNELLY PARK

Location: 600 Pedras Rd., Turlock

How to get there: Take Hwy. 99 to Fulkerth Road exit. Travel east on Fulkerth for half a mile, park is located on left side of Fulkerth. Parking is available off Pedras Road — turn left onto Dels Lane from Fulkerth, then right onto Pedras.

Amenities: Large lake, basketball courts, playground equipment, covered areas.

 

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, STANISLAUS

Location: One University Circle, Turlock

How to get there: Take Hwy. 99 to Monte Vista Avenue exit. Travel east on Monte Vista Avenue for about 1.5 miles, university will be on left side of road. Parking is available off Crowell Road and Monte Vista Avenue.

Amenities: There are six bodies of water on the campus, tree-lined walkways and large grass areas perfect for reading a book under on a warm spring day.

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