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 offers great waterfowl hunting.
Visit the Sacramento NWR's hunting page
Seasonal Hiking Trails
Learn about opportunities for hiking and photography.
Sutter Spring Trails
The Blue Goose
The Blue Goose insignia, designed by J.N. Ding Darling, is the symbol of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
National Wildlife Refuge System
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.
Sutter 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
Enjoy limited wildlife viewing and photography opportunities from Hughes Road, which bisects the refuge.Find out what wildlife lives here
Additional opportunities for hiking, photography and wildlife observation are available this spring and summer...Find out more
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: Oct 23, 2013