Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash 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
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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    The Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge offers great waterfowl hunting.

    Hunting on the Complex

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    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

  • Come visit!

    Drive the auto tour, go for a hike, hunt waterfowl, or stop in the visitor center. There is a lot to do at the refuge.

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Visitor Opportunities

Plan Your Visit

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There are lots of things to do at the Sacramento NWR Complex! Birdwatching, photography, hiking and hunting are just a few of the things we have to offer. Find something that is just right for you....

Plan Your Visit

Waterfowl Hunting

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Find out more about waterfowl hunting on the Sacramento NWR Complex.

Hunting on the Complex

Sacramento River Hunting

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The Sacramento River NWR offers a variety of hunting opportunities on our many properties located from Red Bluff to Colusa. Find out more...

Sacramento River NWR Hunting


VISITOR AREA: Located 75 minutes north of Sacramento, adjacent to Interstate 5. Traveling north or south on I-5, exit at Rd 68 (#595, 9.1 miles north Maxwell or 8.3 miles south of Willows) and turn east towards Hwy 99W (parallels I-5). Go north 1.7 miles on Hwy 99W, turn right into Refuge entrance. HUNT AREA: exit I-5 at Rd 68, go 1 mile east on Rd 68 to Check Station gate (on right).

Visitor Center and Hunter Check Station Maps (2 pages)
Featured Wildlife

Found a baby bird or injured wildlife?

Injured Wildlife Western Kingbird

The best care you can give a baby bird is to leave it be, where its parents can care for it....they are most likely keeping an eye on it! If it seems to be in danger from a pet or exposure, you might create a make-shift nest out of a towel and place it in the shade of a nearby shrub, or in the crook of a nearby tree. Please do NOT take the animal home or bring it to the refuge. The refuge is not equipped to care for injured or orphaned animals. In Butte, Glenn, and Colusa Counties please contact Bidwell Wildlife Rehabilitation at 530-343-9004 and they can direct you on where to seek assistance. In the Sacramento metropolitan area contact the Wildlife Care Association at 916-965-WILD(9453).

See a list of rehabilitators in CA

About the Complex

Sacramento NWR Complex - Contact Us

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Sacramento NWR Complex - Contact Us.

Read 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.

Learn more about the NWRS