Spring Trails on Sutter

Sutter Spring Trails Sign

Visitors may explore portions of the refuge from February 16 - June 30 that were previously open for waterfowl hunting during the fall and winter. Visitors can enjoy the sights and sounds of the refuge’s wildlife, wildflowers and scenery.

 VIEW MAP: Sutter NWR Seasonal Trails Brochure  (pdf)  

Come experience the changing seasons along the Seasonal Trails of Sutter NWR. In early spring, ducks and waterbirds feed in the seasonal marshes. As spring moves forward, shorebirds feed on the mudflats as wildflowers bloom in the grasslands. Summer's arrival brings breeding songbirds to the cool, shady riparian areas.  

The Seasonal Trails at Sutter are available from Feb 15 - June 30:

  • What: 6 miles of mowed and gravel trails, foot access only
  • When: Feb 16 - June 30 **Trail opens mid-day Feb 16, 2021 due to federal holiday and hunting the weekend prior
  • Hours: 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset
  • Where: trails can be accessed from Parking Area B, located on the east side of the Sutter Bypass
  • Directions: (see map, pdf) about 5 miles south of Yuba City on Hwy 99, go 5 miles west on O'Banion Rd to the East Bypass Levee Rd, go north on the Bypass Levee Rd for 1/2 mile to Parking Area B (on the right).

Hints and other information

  • Some trail areas have uneven surfaces, so hiking boots are recommended. 
  • Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on leash. 
  • Visitors are asked to register upon arrival so that refuge staff may evaluate and improve the program. 


This area is open each spring in accordance to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex’s Comprehensive Conservation Plan to provide visitors with opportunities to enhance public appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of wildlife and habitats.