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

Refuge Updates

Blue Heron Trails is OPEN


Stretch your legs while getting some fresh air and listening to chattering birds at Blue Heron Trails. This free environmental education site is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk.

Blue Heron Trails

Found a Baby Bird or Injured Wildlife?

Baby bird

Stone Lakes NWR is not equipped to take in or care for injured or orphaned animals. Please contact the Wildlife Care Association at 916-965-WILD(9453). Thanks for caring about Sacramento's wildlife!

Wildlife Care Association

2020/21 Waterfowl Season


Now accepting applications for the 2020/21 Waterfowl Season.

Waterfowl Hunting

CA Hunting & Fishing Licenses

CDFW logo

The Refuge is managed by the Federal U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and does not sell the State of California Department of Fish & Wildlife hunting and fishing licenses. Please visit the CDF&W website for license information and purchase:

CA Fish & Wildlife Hunting & Fishing License Information
Federal Land Passes

"America the Beautiful" Passes

America the Beautiful Pass

Stone Lakes NWR does not sell Federal passes. To purchase an 'America the Beautiful' federal lands pass, please visit the BLM office at: 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, (916) 978-4400. For more information or to purchase online, visit:

America the Beautiful Passes

Delta Fish Advisory

Is My Fish Safe to Eat?


Several health advisories are in effect for the human consumption of fish from the Delta due to mercury or other toxic chemicals. Play it safe and learn the eating guidelines...

Fish Advisories

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