Cinnamon teal can be seen in the wetlands throughout the refuge complex. Teal are dabbling ducks that feed on vegetation and invertebrates in shallow water.
The Sutter National Wildlife Refuge will NOT open for 2014-15 hunting season due to the drought.
Visit the Sacramento NWR's hunting page
Seasonal Hiking Trails
Learn about opportunities for hiking and photography.
Sutter Spring Trails
Learn more about how the drought is affecting the Complex and how it might affect your visit.
During the summer, herons and egrets nest at Sutter along the canal. This colony of birds make stick nests in the tops of the trees.
About the Complex
The Complex headquarters is located in Willows, CA.
CONTACT US: Sacramento NWRC, 752 County Rd 99W, Willows CA 95988. Phone:(530)934-2801. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sutter is managed as part of the SNWR Complex - Contact Us.
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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.
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Wildlife viewing at Sutter is limited to Hughes Road (which bisects the refuge) during the winter, and the spring trails that are available Feb 15 – June 30. For additional visitor opportunities, visit Sacramento or Colusa NWRs (see “Plan Your Visit" below).About Sutter National Wildlife Refuge
Sutter has 6 miles of spring trails that are open from Feb 15 - June 30. Hike through the wetlands and riparian area as you find great opportunities for photography and wildlife observation.Find out more
There are lots of things to do at Sutter NWR and at the other refuges of the Sacramento NWR Complex! Birdwatching, photography, hiking and hunting are just a few of the activities we have to offer. Find something that is just right for you….Plan Your Visit
From Yuba City, travel south on Highway 99 approximately six miles to Oswald Road. Turn west and proceed five and one-half miles to Schlag Road. Travel north on Schlag Road for about one-eight of a mile, turn west onto Hughes Road, which bisects the Refuge.
For access to the hiking trails (February 15 -June 30) or the hunting check station, turn south off of Hughes Road onto the Bypass Levee and follow several miles. The hunting check station will be first (a small building to the east of the levee). The parking area for the hiking area will be farther south and off the levee to the east toward the very southern end of the Refuge. A Refuge gate and kiosk will be visible. Visit the brochure for a map. click here to find: Directional Maps to Refuge and to Hunter Check Station
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 comb-like edges of their shovel-shaped bill.
Page Photo Credits by Mike Peters
Last Updated: Dec 16, 2014