UPDATED February 20, 2024:
CLOSED due to flooding:
- Colusa NWR Auto Tour
- Sutter NWR Spring Trails (due to open Feb 15 but postponed due to flooding)
- Sacramento NWR Spring Trails (opening postponed until March 1)
- Sul Norte Unit of Sacramento River NWR
- Sacramento NWR Auto Tour and Trails
- Llano Seco Unit of Steve Thompson NCV WMA
Conditions are subject to change - please use caution and recreate safely.
New information will be posted here and to our Facebook Page immediately as it is determined.
Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge is just one of the 5 National Wildlife Refuges and 3 Wildlife Management Areas that make up the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Sacramento River NWR offers a variety of recreational activities for visitors: hunting, fishing, hiking, photography, and wildlife viewing. With 24 units open to the public and the scenic Sacramento River running through many of these units, there's something for everyone!
Find out more about Sacramento River NWR by exploring the menu to the left (desktop) or hamburger menu top-right (handheld device), or see our Plan Your Visit page (link below) to find everything the Complex has to offer.
PLAN YOUR VISIT <-- Click here to find all the information you need to visit the Complex.....
• visitor center
• auto tours
• environmental education
• FEES AND PERMITS
• RULES AND POLICIES
• OTHER LOCAL INFORMATION
Location and Contact Information
The Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex. It is located along a 80-mile stretch of the Sacramento River between Red Bluff and Princeton, in Tehama, Butte, Glenn and Colusa Counties. The refuge's 30 properties or Units total 10,353 acres, and consist primarily of restored and remnanthabitats, but also include grasslands and some orchards.
Click on the link below to learn more about us!
What We Do
- Resource Management
To help plants and wildlife, Refuge staff uses a variety of habitat management techniques to maintain, recover or enhance plant and wildlife values. Refuge staff carefully consider any management techniques and employ them in varying degrees according to the situation.
- Conservation and Partnerships
The Complex is involved in many conservation endeavors, including Comprehensive Conservation Plans, Private Landowner Programs, and the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act.
Click on the link below to learn more about what we do!
National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997:The NWRS Improvement Act defines a unifying mission for all refuges, including a process for determining compatible uses on refuges, and requiring that each refuge be managed according to a CCP. The NWRS Improvement Act expressly states that wildlife conservation is the priority of System lands and that the Secretary shall ensure that the biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health of refuge lands are maintained. Each refuge must be managed to fulfill the specific purposes for which the refuge was established and the System mission. The first priority of each refuge is to conserve, manage, and if needed, restore fish and wildlife populations and habitats according to its purpose.
Several threatened, endangered, and sensitive species can be found on the Sacramento River Refuge including Chinook salmon, Valley elderberry longhorn beetle, yellow-billed cuckoos, Swainson's hawks, and bank swallows.
Species and Habitats <-- Click here to learn more about our species and habitats!
Wildlife Checklist <-- Click here to view our Wildlife Checklist