Sacramento NWR Complex - flooding at Sutter NWR
SACRAMENTO NWR COMPLEX ALERTS

UPDATED February 27, 2024:

ALERTS:

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)

OPEN:

  • Sacramento NWR Auto Tour and Trails
  • Colusa NWR walking trail and observation platform
  • Llano Seco Unit of Steve Thompson NCV WMA trail and observation platform

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.

Visit Us

Welcome to the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge  

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! 

PLAN YOUR VISIT <-- Click here to find all the information you need to visit the Complex.....
 

      • ACTIVITIES
            • visitor center
            • auto tours
            • trails
            • photography
            • bicycling
            • hunting
            • environmental education
      • HOURS
      • FEES AND PERMITS
      • RULES AND POLICIES
      • ACCESSIBILITY
      • DIRECTIONS
      • OTHER LOCAL INFORMATION

Trails

Visit our Unit Maps and Recreation page to find details, maps and brochures about the units of the Sacramento River NWR.

Eight of Sacramento River NWR's units have trails:

  • Rio Vista - on South Avenue east of Corning; 6.5 miles of marked trails
  • Pine Creek - on Highway 32 west of Hamilton City; 3 miles of marked trails
  • Capay - on Road 23, off of Highway 45 south of Hamilton City; 3 miles of marked trails
  • Ord Bend - on Ord Ferry Road just west of Sacramento River; 1 mile of marked trails
  • Sul Norte - on Highway 162 west of Butte City; 2.5 miles of marked trails
  • Codora - access through the Sul Norte parking area; 4.5 miles of marked trails
  • Packer - on Highway 45 north of Princeton; 1.5 miles of marked trails
  • Drumheller - on Road 67 southeast of Butte City; 0.4 miles of marked trails

Important Notes:

  • Bicycles: from May 15 - August 15 bicycles are permitted on the trails except at Ord Bend.
  • Hunting: some units allow hunting between August 1 - May 31, so check the table on our Unit Maps and Recreation page if you are concerned about user-overlap.
  • Restrooms: restrooms are only available at Sul Norte unit and Llano Seco unit.
  • Wildlife Viewing: all areas have riparian riparian
    Definition of riparian habitat or riparian areas.

    Learn more about riparian
    habitat that offer great viewing of songbirds between March and late May.

Be Prepared! These are natural and wild areas. You may encounter ticks, mosquitoes, wasps, yellow-jackets, bees, poison oak, stinging nettle, poison hemlock, rattle snakes (Sac River NWR) and mountain lions.

Other Facilities in the Complex

The Sacramento River NWR is part of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The Complex is comprised of 5 National Wildlife Refuges (Sacramento, Delevan, Colusa, Sutter and Sacramento River NWRs) and 3 Wildlife Management Areas (Willow Creek-Lurline, Butte Sink and Steve Thompson North Central Valley WMAs). Sacramento NWR, located near Willows, CA, serves as the headquarters for the Complex. Find out more about each Refuge or Wildlife Management Area below. 

Rules and Policies

Plan Your Visit  <-- Please see the Rules and Policies section on our Plan Your Visit page

Locations

Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge
C/O Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex752 County Road 99WWillows,CA95988
Driving Directions

For directions to the Sacramento River NWR units that are accessible by vehicle, visit the Maps page.

Hours
Sacramento River NWR Trails hours
Year-round
2 hours before sunrise- 1.5 hours after sunset