Current Conditions 2020

Updated 10:00 a.m. October 14, 2020

As long as social distancing and other CDC-recommended practices are observed, getting outdoors and visiting national wildlife refuges can be a great way to avoid cabin fever without coming into close contact with people. Although a facility may have a change in operations, our public lands remain open. Please recreate responsibly! 

Complex's Updates:

  • The visitor center at Sacramento NWR is closed. It will remain closed through much of the fall.
  • Auto tours and trails are open on Sacramento and Colusa NWRs. 
  • Trails at Llano Seco Unit and Sacramento River NWR are open.
  • Restrooms: All are open. All restrooms are serviced by outside cleaning companies once per week. Come prepared with personal hand sanitizer for remote locations. Staff are not checking or cleaning restrooms.
  • No drinking water or trash facilities on site.
  • Waterfowl hunting updates: please visit the hunting page and 2020 procedures are under the News section.
  • Passes: the fee machine at the Sacramento NWR is open. No passes are available in the visitor center. Learn more here about other passes.
Other Notes:
  • Auto tours: with very limited staff, viewing lanes have not been maintained. Please stay in your vehicle. We will try to trim and open viewing lanes when we are permitted to work.
  • The seasonal trails at Sacramento (Logan Creek Trails) and Sutter are closed (open March 15 - June 30).
  • Limited staff are on-site working. In an emergency, call 911.
  • Brochures: there are no brochures on site. Visit the maps page. The visitor area brochure is a map of the auto tour. 
  • The main phone line 530-934-2801 is transferred to a staff member at home and will be answered Monday - Friday ~8-4:30. 
  • If traveling, be aware the rest area on I-5 near Maxwell is closed and under construction. Many local businesses do not have restrooms available nor sit down food.
  • HEAT: be aware the refuges are very hot during the day. Come prepared with drinking water. 
  • Please be aware staff will be working remotely and websites can not be updated regularly. For questions, please contact us via email or via phone. 


The health and safety of our employees and visitors is our highest priority. To accomplish that, the Service is adhering to the most current guidance from the CDC, OPM, OEM and other health authorities. We are also following the guidance provided by state and local authorities.

The Service will post information about any changes to the operational status of refuges, hatcheries or facilities on our designated Coronavirus webpage, as well as on the individual refuge and facility webpages.

Decisions on changing the operational status of facilities are made in accordance with guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities, working through the Service’s Coronavirus Incident Management Team. For closures, station managers must complete the risk assessment tool and implement all mitigation procedures in their analysis, which must then be reviewed by the Regional Director.

The Service has established a Coronavirus Incident Management Team that delegates authority to an Incident Commander and establishes protocols for managing facility operations. Refuge managers are empowered to manage their refuges as they feel appropriate for the safety and well being of staff and visitors, working through their chain of command. They are taking appropriate steps to ensure cleanliness of facilities.

Service and concession staff are monitoring facility conditions and working to maintain clean and healthy facilities in our refuges and hatcheries in accordance with CDC guidance.

We encourage all visitors to follow CDC guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. These measures include following routine precautions like washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and most importantly, please stay home if you feel sick.

Some people are at a higher risk of getting very sick from this illness, such as older adults and people with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease. Visit CDC’s website for higher-risk individuals for more information and guidance.