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    The Sutter National Wildlife Refuge offers great opportunities for waterfowl hunting.

    Hunting on the Complex

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    Seasonal Hiking Trails

    Learn about opportunities for hiking and photography.

    Sutter Spring Trails

  • Drought

    Learn more about how the drought is affecting the Complex and how it might affect your visit.

    Drought Information

Featured Wildlife


By Mike Peters

During the summer, herons and egrets nest at Sutter along the canal. This colony of birds make stick nests in the tops of the trees.

About the Complex

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Phone:(530)934-2801. Address: Sacramento NWRC, 752 County Rd 99W, Willows CA 95988. Email:

Sutter is managed as part of the Sacramento NWR Complex - Contact Us.

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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.

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Visitor Opportunities

  • Limited Viewing

    Wildlife viewing at Sutter is limited to Hughes Road (which bisects the refuge) during the winter, and the spring trails that are available Feb 15 – June 30. For additional visitor opportunities, visit Sacramento or Colusa NWRs (see “Plan Your Visit" below).

    About Sutter National Wildlife Refuge
  • Spring Trails

    Sutter Spring Trails

    Sutter has 6 miles of spring trails that are open from Feb 15 - June 30. Hike through the wetlands and riparian area as you find great opportunities for photography and wildlife observation.

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  • Plan Your Visit

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

    Plan Your Visit
  • Directions

    From Yuba City, travel south on Highway 99 approximately six miles to Oswald Road. Turn west and proceed five and one-half miles to Schlag Road. Travel north on Schlag Road for about one-eight of a mile, turn west onto Hughes Road, which bisects the Refuge. For access to the hiking trails (February 15 -June 30) or the hunting check station, turn south off of Hughes Road onto the Bypass Levee and follow several miles. The hunting check station will be first (a small building to the east of the levee). The parking area for the hiking area will be farther south and off the levee to the east toward the very southern end of the Refuge. A Refuge gate and kiosk will be visible. Visit the brochure for a map.

    click here to find: Directional Maps to Refuge and to Hunter Check Station
Page Photo Credits — by Mike Peters
Last Updated: Apr 07, 2016
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