Drive the auto tour, go for a hike, hunt waterfowl, or stop in the visitor center. There is a lot to do at the refuge.
Visit - Plan Your Visit
Check out our winter programs!
Programs and Events
The Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge offers great waterfowl hunting.
Tule Greater White-fronted Geese
Tules are one of the two subspecies that winter here. They are mostly in the area on and near the Sacramento, Delevan, and Colusa Refuges.
Check out the Complex's wildlife
About the Complex
The Complex headquarters are located at Sacramento NWR, in Willows, CA.
Sacramento is managed as part of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
Located ~75 minutes north of Sacramento, next to Interstate 5. For northbound travelers, exit I-5 at Road 68/Princeton (Exit #595). Turn right at the stop sign. Next, turn north (left) at the Road 68 and Highway 99W interchange and travel ~1.5 miles on 99W to the entrance. For southbound travelers, exit I-5 at Road 57 (Exit #601). Turn east over the offramp to Highway 99W. Turn south (right) on 99W and drive ~4.5 miles to the entrance.
*Putting the mailing address in most digital maps/GPS will send you to the wrong location.click here for Directional Maps to Refuge and to Hunter Check Station
The refuge is not equipped to take in or care for injured or orphaned animals. In Butte, Glenn, and Colusa Counties the Valley Oak Veterinary Center on Dr MLK Parkway in Chico accepts wildlife. In the Sacramento metropolitan area contact the Wildlife Care Association at 916-965-WILD(9453).
See a list of rehabilitators in CA
Did you know?
Often small groups of northern shovelers bring food to the surface by swimming rapidly in a circle while swinging their bills side to side. They strain aquatic vegetation, plankton, and tiny invertebrates through the comblike edges of their shovel-shaped bill.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Steve Emmons
Last Updated: Mar 10, 2014