Each season brings a new look to the refuges. During early spring, a diversity of ducks and water birds may be seen feeding in the seasonal marshes. Later in the season, as water is drawn down, migrating shorebirds are attracted to the mudflats to feed, while wildflowers bloom in the grasslands.
To experience these awesome sights, over six miles of trails are open which can be accessed from Parking Area B about ½ mile north of O’Banion Road. The area is open from Feb. 15 - June 30. The parking area is on the east side of the Sutter Bypass.
From the parking areas, the mowed and gravel trails can be accessed by foot only. Due to some trail areas with uneven surface, hiking boots are recommended. Dogs on leashes are also welcome. Visitors are asked to register upon arrival so that refuge staff may evaluate and improve this program.
This area is open each spring in accordance to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex’s Comprehensive Conservation Plan to provide visitors with opportunities to enhance public appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of wildlife and habitats. Enjoy the great outdoors by taking advantage of these free recreational opportunities seven days a week from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.
Link to Sutter NWR's Hiking Brochure (including a map) (pdf).