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

Refuge Updates

Blue Heron Trails is OPEN


Stretch your legs while getting some fresh air and listening to chattering birds at Blue Heron Trails. This free environmental education site is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk.

Blue Heron Trails

Found a Baby Bird or Injured Wildlife?

Baby bird

Stone Lakes NWR is not equipped to take in or care for injured or orphaned animals. Please contact the Wildlife Care Association at 916-965-WILD(9453). Thanks for caring about Sacramento's wildlife!

Wildlife Care Association

Currently All Docent Guided Tours are Postponed

Due to ongoing public health and safety, all docent guided bird-watching and paddle tours are postponed until further notice. Please check back routinely for updated information.

Nature Bowl 2021 has gone online!


This annual event promoting science and nature has gone online for 2021. All families are invited to participate in this fun and engaging exploration of the area around you. The Nature Bowl Family Challenge is open from March 15 through May 14, 2021. For more information and to request the official entry packet, please contact Genelle Treaster at:

Nature Bowl 2021 flyer - 3Mb PDF
Federal Land Passes

"America the Beautiful" Passes

America the Beautiful Pass

Stone Lakes NWR does not sell Federal passes. To purchase an 'America the Beautiful' federal lands pass, please visit the BLM office at: 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, (916) 978-4400. For more information or to purchase online, visit:

America the Beautiful Passes

Delta Fish Advisory

Is My Fish Safe to Eat?


Several health advisories are in effect for the human consumption of fish from the Delta due to mercury or other toxic chemicals. Play it safe and learn the eating guidelines...

Fish Advisories

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