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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain 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 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. Open Feb 16

    Sutter Spring Trails

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

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

Waterfowl Hunting

150 Pintail courtship flight

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

Hunting on the Complex


SPRING TRAILS (open Feb 15-June30): Traveling from I-5 at Williams go 32.5 miles east on Hwy 20 to Yuba City, go 8 miles south on Hwy 99, go 5 miles west on O’banion, go 0.5 miles north on Levee Rd to Parking Area B. Traveling from I-5 at Sacramento, go 26.5 miles north on Hwy 99 toward Yuba City, go 5 miles west on O’banion, go 0.5 miles north on Levee Rd to Parking Area B. HUNT AREA: Traveling from Hwy 20 in Yuba City, go 5 miles south on Hwy 99, go 5.5 miles west on Oswald, turn left at Schlag Rd onto gravel road and continue 0.6 miles to Check Station.

Spring Trails and Hunter Check Station Maps (2 pages)
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

Sacramento NWR Complex - Contact Us

Sutter 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