Areas of Interest
Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge
NEW The final environmental impact statement and environmental impact report (EIS/EIR) for the Llano Seco Riparian Sanctuary Unit Restoration and Pumping Plant/Fish Screen Facility Protection Project has been released. Visit the Complex home page under hot topics for details.
Wildlife: The riparian habitat along the Sacramento River is critically important for fish, migratory birds, plants, and river system health. It provides shelter for many songbirds and water-associated animals, including the river otter, turtles, beaver, American pelicans, ospreys, and bank swallows.
Habitat: Currently, the Refuge is composed of 27 units (properties) along a 77-mile stretch of the Sacramento River between Red Bluff and Princeton. Refuge lands comprise 10,146 acres of riparian habitat, wetlands, uplands, and intensively managed walnut, almond, and prune orchards.
Notice: Mountain Lions have been sighted on the Sacramento River NWR units.Immediately report all encounters or attacks by calling the California Department of Fish and Game's (CDGF) 24-hour dispatch center (916) 445-0045 and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Sacramento NWR Complex at (530) 934-280l. For further information on Mountain Lions, visit CDGF's Web page - Mountain Lions in California. Hunters be aware of your settings. Recent sightings have been reported on the Phelan Unit (April 14, 2013), Packer Unit (March 2013), Ord Bend (March and May 2013), and Drummheller (late May).
When visiting the Refuge, it is highly recommeded to:
Sacramento River NWR Unit Maps and Information: Twenty-two of the Units are partially or entirely open for wildlife- dependent recreational opportunities. Wildlife viewing, photography, interpretation, and environmental education are allowed on 6,377acres and 4,500 acres are open to hunting and fishing. As in the past, gravel bars will continue to be open for hunting and fishing. Refer to the Refuge specific hunting and fishing regulations (pdf, 29 KB) and Refuge hunting season dates and bag limits 2012-2013 (pdf, 33 KB) for details.
Visitor Services Access Maps (pdf, 4.5 MB) offer general unit locations and current public use. The maps divide the Refuge into four sections north to south, along a 77-mile stretch of the Sacramento River. Refuge unit maps below give more detailed unit locations and regulations.
North Central Valley WMA - Llano Seco Unit: (pdf, 227 KB)
Directions to Llano Seco Unit: From Highway 99E in Gridley travel north approximately nine miles, turn west on Highway 162 and travel approximately 12 miles to Road Z. Turn north and travel approximately 11 miles to the Unit entrance. From Chico, take Dayton Road south approximately five miles, turn west onto Ord Ferry Road. Continue west approximately three miles, turn south onto Seven-mile Lane. Travel two miles to the Unit entrance.
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
June 10, 2013