Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


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    Water Restored to Cullinan Ranch

    After 100 years of being cut off from bay waters, Cullinan Ranch returns to tidal flow for wetland restoration and wildlife habitat.

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    eBird Trail Tracker

    Discover what birds were recently seen at the refuge using the eBird Trail Tracker.

    Recently Seen Birds

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    Refuge Gallery

    View images from San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge

    Photo Gallery

  • Tideline Newsletter

    Tideline Newsletter

    Download the latest issue of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex newsletter.

    Tideline Newsletter

News & Information

National Wildlife Refuge System Turns 115 Years Old

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The National Wildlife Refuge System will be 115 years old March 14! Take the ultimate challenge and test your knowledge about the national wildlife refuge system, and get inspiration for your next vacation.

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Recreational Activities


There are many recreation opportunities at San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge from wildlife watching to fishing to paddling a canoe.

Visitor Activities

Driving Directions

Trying to get information but your GPS unit isn't cooperating? Go to Driving Directions page for directions to the unit you want to visit.


Explore Sears Point: Guided Bird Walks

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Sonoma Land Trust offers docent-led walks at Sears Point tidal marsh restoration area every third Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

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About the Complex

San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex

San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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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.

Learn more about the NWRS