The Conservancy’s Mission

The San Joaquin River Conservancy is a regionally governed agency created to develop and manage the San Joaquin River Parkway, a planned 22-mile natural and recreational area in the floodplain extending from Friant Dam to Highway 99. The Conservancy’s mission includes acquiring approximately 5,900 acres from willing sellers; developing, operating, and managing those lands for public access and recreation; and protecting, enhancing, and restoring riparian and floodplain habitat.


San Joaquin River Conservancy Act

San Joaquin River Parkway Master Plan Update


The San Joaquin River Conservancy Governing Board will hold a regular meeting on in July.  We are currently working with our Boardmembers to set a date

Consistent with Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-29-20, the public and Board members will participate in the meeting via Zoom or teleconference. Public comment will be accepted per the agenda.

This Board meeting will be available via Zoom.

Notice Office Closure

The Conservancy office is closed to the public until further notice due to COVID-19 related directives and orders from state and local agencies to prevent the spread of the virus.  However, in order to provide the public with continuity of service while protecting both you and our employees, the Conservancy remains open for business and you can contact staff by email and regular mail. Because our office has transitioned to full telework for the duration of this emergency event, there may be some delay as we work to respond to all requests in a timely manner. General inquiries may be sent to the addresses listed on our Contact Page. We have all of our emails and phone calls forwarded.   You may also reach us at our general email: and office telephone (559) 253-7324. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work through this public health crisis.

All Californians are encouraged to follow the advice of the California Department of Public Health and local health agencies to prevent the spread of the virus.


  • Stay home
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • If soap and water aren’t available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer


  • Shake hands
  • Touch your face
  • Go to the doctor if you aren’t sick
  • Stockpile masks or gloves

We have canceled our April 8th Board Meeting so that we can prepare to host our future meetings.  Consistent with current guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20 issued March 18, 2020, to maximize social distancing and public safety, the Conservancy will conduct future meetings by telephone only. At this point we are exploring options to make our future Board Meetings as accessible as practical while allowing both Board members and the public to access and participate remotely.  Our next Board Meeting on Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.   For more information see our Board Page.

 Partner Activities

COVID-19 – Calling Healthy Californians!  For a list of things you can do to help your community and neighbors during this emergency.

As of March 16th, the River Parkway Trust  closed public access at both the River Center and Sycamore Island.   At this point they expect to be closed at least through the end of April.  The River Parkway Trust is also cancelling public events of all sizes during the same timeframe. They are making this change to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 through our community.  See River Parkway Trust Response to COVID-19 for more information.


Emergency order by the City of Fresno in response to COVID-19: City of Fresno Businesses Open or Closed 031920 7am (002)