Areas of Interest
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
Wildlife: One of California's premier waterfowl refuges. Waterfowl are present from September through March. View hundreds of thousands of geese and ducks from November through January. Many other birds and mammals provide year-round viewing.
Habitat: 10,819 acres of seasonal marsh, permanent ponds, and uplands in the heart of the Sacramento Valley.
Recreation: The Refuge is open daily from one-hour before sunrise to one-hour after sunset. Numerous opportunities are available. Including the popular six-mile auto tour and two-mile walking trail, which meander along marshes and riparian areas. The auto tour provides visitors with great views of wildlife. Visitors are required to stay in their vehicles to prevent disturbance to the wildlife while on the auto tour but can get out at three stop and streatch locations including the platform which is located about half way on the tour. Visitors can also leisurely enjoy a wildlife exhibit, bookstore, and Discovery Room in the Visitor Center. The Center is open everyday from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. November through February and weekdays only the rest of the year. Interpretive kiosks, benches and restrooms are located outside the Visitor Center making them available year-round. Dogs are permitted on trails on a six-foot leash. On a separate area of the Refuge, waterfowl and pheasant hunting are permitted seasonally.
Logan Creek Trails are open February 15 - June 30
Special Note: The Sacramento NWR is the headquarters for the Sacramento NWR Complex. It is a great place to begin your visit. The refuge collects a $6 day use fee to pay for visitor facilities and wildlife habitat improvements. Holders of a Federal Duck Stamp ($15) or an America the Beautiful - Interagency Annual, Senior, Access or Volunteer Pass (or the past equivalent Golden Age Pass) enter free. We also offer a $12 annual pass for the frequent visitor.
Directions: From Interstate 5 at Williams, continue north on the Interstate for approximately 20 miles, exit at Road 68. At the Road 68 and Highway 99W interchange, turn north and travel approximately one and one-half miles to the Refuge entrance. For southbound travelers, exit Interstate 5 at County Road 57. Turn east over the overpass to Highway 99W. Drive approximately four and one-half miles south to the Refuge entrance. Map with driving directions (please note: putting the address below into Google, Mapquest, or GPS typically does not take you to the correct location).
Sacramento NWR Complex
752 County Road 99W, Willows, CA 95988
Phone: (530) 934-2801; Fax: (530) 934-7814
24-hour Information: (530) 934-7774
TTY: (530) 934-7135
October 24, 2012