Bicycling

Bicycle Areas

Bicycling at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex is limited to a select number of roads and trails from May 15 - August 15.  Learn more below.


 

Portions of the Complex's roads and trails are open to bicycles for a limited time each year.  This helps to reduce disturbance to wildlife, and to minimize disruption to other visitor activities. 


When Can I Bicycle?

Limited roads and trails are ONLY open May 15 - August 15


Where Can I Bicycle?

ONLY the following roads/trails are open to bicycling (May 15-Aug 15).... (Download Map)

Sacramento NWR: 
Auto Tour - the 6-mile Auto Tour is open to bicyclists between May 15 - August 15.  Bicycling is not otherwise permitted. Only stop in designated park and stretch areas. Please note there is no shade along auto tour. Trails and hunt area are not open to bicycles.

Colusa NWR:
Auto Tour - the 2-mile Auto Tour is open to bicyclists between May 15 - August 15.  Bicycling is not otherwise permitted. No stopping along auto tour. Very limited shade along road. Trail and hunt area are not open to bicycles.

Sacramento River NWR:
Trails - Seven of the Sac River NWR units have trails open for bicycles. From May 15 - August 16 bicycles are permitted on the trails, except at the Ord Bend Unit. Bicycling is not otherwise permitted.  All brochures and more information can be found on the Sacramento River NWR Visitor Activities page. 

Rio Vista - on South Avenue east of Corning; 6.5 miles of marked trails
Pine Creek - on Highway 32 west of Hamilton City; 3 miles of marked trails
Capay - on Road 23, off of Highway 45 south of Hamilton City; 3 miles of marked trails
Sul Norte - on Highway 162 west of Butte City; 2.5 miles of marked trails
Codora - access through the Sul Norte parking area; 4.5 miles of marked trails
Packer - on Highway 45 north of Princeton; 1.5 miles of marked trails
Drumheller - on Road 67 southeast of Butte City; 0.4 miles of marked trails

 


Be Prepared!  Puncture vine may occur on the edges of gravel roads.  Come prepared with a can of fix-a-flat or a patch kit if you plan to bicycle for a few miles.  

 

These are natural and wild areas, be alert!  You may encounter ticks, mosquitoes, wasps, yellow-jackets, bees, poison oak, stinging nettle, poison hemlock, rattle snakes (Sacramento River NWR), and mountain lions.