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Passes and Permits

Flock of waterfowl at Sutter NWR

No entrance passes are required at any of the Sacramento River NWR Units.

An entrance pass is required at the Sacramento NWR. Valid passes include refuge passes, current year Federal Duck Stamp, or an Interagency America the Beautiful Pass.

A special use permit is required for commercial photography use, scientific research, and access to closed areas.

For information about what is needed for hunting, visit the hunting webpage.

  • Refuge Passes

    Sacramento NWR collects a $6 day use fee to help pay for visitor facilities. Annual passes are $12. A commercial vehicle pass ($20) is required for buses and commercial vendors. These passes are available at the fee machine or the visitor center.

  • Federal Duck Stamp

    Holders of a Federal Duck Stamp ($15) are able to access all NWRs for free. The stamp is valid from July 1 through June 30 of each year. Federal and Junior Duck Stamps ($5) are available at the visitor center.

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  • Interagency Passes

    America the Beautiful Interagency Passes are valid at all federal lands including NWRs. These are available at the visitor center.

    - Annual Pass ($80, valid for 1 year)

    - Senior ($10, must be over 62 years old, valid for lifetime)

    - Access (free, people with permanent disability, valid for lifetime)

    - Volunteer Pass (valid for 1 year, volunteer over 250 hours)

    - Existing Golden Eagle Passports will be honored until they expire. Paper versions of the Golden Age or Golden Access Passports can be exchanged for the new Senior or Access passes. However, plastic Golden Age or Access passes are valid for the pass holder's lifetime and do not need to be exchanged. 

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  • Military Pass

    This is a free one-year pass available to US military members and their dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as most members of the US Reserves and National Guard. Proper military ID is required (CAC Card or DoD Form 1173). This is available at the visitor center.

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  • Special Use Permits

    Special Use Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law. Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activities to be considered. 

    - Commercial filming (audio, video, photographic products of monetary value)

    - Commercial activities such as guiding hunters, anglers, or outdoor activities

    - Research and monitoring activities by students, universities, or other nonFWS organizations

    Visit the National Wildlife Refuge System website for Special Use Permit Applications. Special use permit applications will be evaluated by the refuge manager to determine whether or not they are compatible with the purposes of the refuge.

    For more information contact: sacramentovalleyrefuges@fws.gov or 530-934-2801 or fax 530-934-7814

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Last Updated: Oct 22, 2013
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