Solano County Walkabouts
The “Sergeant Margie” dog-face beside an entry means the place is dog-friendly (you can take your leashed dog there).
Lake Solano Park: The park is in Winters, CA. — which is actually in Yolo County, but the park butts up against Solano County, so I’m listing it under both counties. It’s about 30 minutes from Woodland and is a nice mix of manicured lawns, paved walkways and large restrooms, and more “natural” areas with foot-trails along the side of the lake, so there’s something for everyone. There is also a small dock area with canoes you can rent, and a glassed-in nature center where you can rent out the exhibit room and use the kitchen (for a fee, of course). It’s quite lovely. In the middle of the park is a fishing hole where kids and seniors can fish. All around the park there are cottonwood trees, mulberry trees, black walnut and buckeye chestnut trees, grey pines, cattails, tules and horsetail grass, seasonal wild grapes, gooseberries and wild blackberries… Lake Solano is fed by Putah Creek, and is supposed to be one of the best places in the Sacramento Valley to fly-fish for Brown and Rainbow trout. I saw actually some Brown Trout just basking in a shallow pool when I was there in the spring, and in another area saw a huge bullfrog tadpole sitting in the water. I also got to see ducks, geese (and ducklings and goslings), Blue Herons, Red-Winged Black Birds, Phoebes, and Scrub Jays while I was there… and several peacocks, including one in his full regalia, strutting for the females. Dogs are not allowed in the park (but are allowed in the camping area across the street).