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The Sacramento NWRC is a great place for photographers of all ages and skills. The auto tours and walking trails provide excellent photographic opportunities. With the changing seasons and wide range of habitats, the Complex provides a wealth of images for you to find. 

  • Locations

    Visitor Binos

    From October through FebruarySacramento and Colusa NWRs and the Llano Seco Unit provide great opportunities to photograph large flocks of waterfowl along the auto tours and hiking trails and sandhill cranes near Llano Seco.

    From February 15 - June 30, additional trails in portions of the hunt area on Sacramento and Sutter NWRs open for the public to provide additional opportunities for wildlife observation and photography. Visitors may utilize some of the in-ground, concrete hunt blinds on Sacramento NWR on a first-come basis.

         - Sacramento NWR Logan Creek Trail Brochure 
         - Sutter NWR Seasonal Trails Brochure

    Trails on seven of the units on the Sacramento River NWR provide great opportunities to see songbirds and mammals throughout the year. Check out the brochures for the Sacramento River NWR.

  • Photography Programs

    Refuge Manager at Gate

    From October through April, photography programs are offered at a variety of refuges to photography wildlife, sunrise, sunset, wildflowers, and more with Refuge Manager Steve Emmons. Whether you are a seasoned or casual nature photographer, these tours are geared to varied interest and skill levels. These programs fill up fast!

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  • Photography Blinds

    Photoblind 1

    The Complex has four popular photography blinds. Blinds are AVAILABLE BY RESERVATION ONLY from mid-October through March: 
       - two blinds on Sacramento NWR (blinds #1 & #2 -see map)
       - one blind on Colusa NWR (blind #3 - see map)
       - one blind on Delevan NWR (blind #4 - see map)
       - click here for photos of all blinds


    Reservation Applications must be received between Aug 1 - Aug 31. Read the Photographer's Guidelines (2014-2015 version) for specific information on reservations, fees, access, and descriptions. Use the reservation form to reserve a photography blind (must read the Photographer's Guidelines first). If you do not have Adobe-editing software, please print the reservation form, fill it out, then return via mail, scan, email, or fax. 

    After the reservation application period has closed, a List of Open Photo Blinds that remain available will be posted here, and you may follow the application process again begining October 1.
    List of Open Photo Blindsthe blind-reservation period has expired for Oct 2013 - Mar 2014. Please check back again in October 2014 for available blinds.  


    Sometimes photography blinds become available due to lack of reservation or cancellation. You may apply on a first-come, first-served basis by calling Sacramento NWR Complex (530-934-2801) and placing your name, phone number and email address on a wait-list.     



  • Special Use Permits

    Bald Eagle by Steve Emmons

    Commercial filming (audio, video, photographic products of monetary value) requires a special use permit.

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Page Photo Credits — USFWS, USFWS, Pam Bierce/USFWS, Photo by Steve Emmons
Last Updated: Jul 22, 2014
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