Alman Marsh Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Alman Marsh is comprised of 80 acres of former pastures and wetlands along the Petaluma River in the city of Petaluma. The undeveloped wetlands are part of Petaluma’s public marshlands, which also include Shollenberger Park and the Ellis Creek water recycling facility ponds, both to the east. The Alman marshlands were allowed to reflood in the 1980s, returning to a mix of saltwater and freshwater. Many bird species inhabit the area. The Alman Marsh Trail is a one-mile trail linking the Petaluma Marina (along the Petaluma River) with Shollenberger Park. The trail follows a short section of the river, where bass and sturgeon fishing is a popular pastime, then veers away from the river en route to the dredge ponds at Shollenberger Park. The path meanders through scenic and fertile tidal marsh, wetlands, open fields with freshwater channels, and around a seasonal pond. The trail skirts Rocky Memorial Dog Park, a nine-acre grassland bordering Alman Marsh. The park sits on the site of the old city landfill and is accessed from Casa Grande Road."