Sweetwater Wetlands

Sweetwater WetlandsThe Sweetwater Wetlands is a water treatment facility, an urban wildlife habitat, and an outdoor classroom. Read more here.

Sweetwater Wetlands is open to the public seven days a week. Gates to the facility open approximately one hour before sunrise and close approximately one hour after sunset. To schedule a guided tour, call (520) 791-4331 or e-mail Tucson Water's Public Information / Conservation Office (PICO).

Sweetwater Wetlands Updates

Sweetwater Wetlands Water Levels
The scheduled transition from the old Roger Road Wastewater Treatment Plant to a new, modern treatment facility has temporarily reduced flow to the Sweetwater Wetlands. Because of this, the water level in the Wetlands ponds is lower. By mid-March 2014, water levels should rise as the Wetlands receives the new, higher quality water from the treatment facility.

New Parking Area
A new parking area across the street from the old parking lot is open to the public. The additional parking spaces (for cars and school buses) should reduce the need for parking along Sweetwater Drive. Crosswalk markings have also been added.

New West Entrance to Sweetwater Wetlands
A west entrance to the Sweetwater Wetlands is now open from the paved bicycle path along the east bank of the Santa Cruz River. This amenity was designed and built by Pima County through funding for its "Loop" bicycle trail system. It includes a bench, trash bin, and bicycle racks. Please remember that bicycle riding and dogs are not allowed on the Sweetwater Wetlands property.