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  • Cinnamon Teal

    Cinnamon Teal

    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.

  • 218 Hunter with decoys


    The Sutter National Wildlife Refuge offers great waterfowl hunting.

    Visit the Sacramento NWR's hunting page

  • Spring Trails Sign 218

    Seasonal Hiking Trails

    Learn about opportunities for hiking and photography.

    Sutter Spring Trails

  • Blue Goose Insignia

    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

Featured Fowl


By Mike Peters

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

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Complex Graphic

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

National Wildlife Refuge System


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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Visitor Access

  • View Wildlife at Sutter NWR

    Volunteer viewing wildlife with a child.

    Enjoy limited wildlife viewing and photography opportunities from Hughes Road, which bisects the refuge.

    Find out what wildlife lives here
  • Additional Hiking Trails Open

    Additional opportunities for hiking, photography and wildlife observation are available this spring and summer...

    Find out more
  • Directions

    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
Page Photo Credits — by Mike Peters
Last Updated: Oct 23, 2013
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