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Featured Wildlife


By Mike Peters

During the summer, herons and egrets nest at Sutter along the canal. This colony of birds make stick nests in the tops of the trees.

About the Complex

Sacramento NWR Complex - Contact Us

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Phone:(530)934-2801. Address: Sacramento NWRC, 752 County Rd 99W, Willows CA 95988. Email:

Sutter is managed as part of the Sacramento NWR Complex - Contact Us.

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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.

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Visitor Opportunities

  • Limited Viewing

    Wildlife viewing at Sutter is limited to Hughes Road (which bisects the refuge) during the winter, and the spring trails that are available Feb 15 – June 30. For additional visitor opportunities, visit Sacramento or Colusa NWRs (see “Plan Your Visit" below).

    About Sutter National Wildlife Refuge
  • Plan Your Visit

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    There are lots of things to do at Sutter NWR and at the other refuges of the Sacramento NWR Complex! Birdwatching, photography, hiking and hunting are just a few of the activities we have to offer. Find something that is just right for you….

    Plan Your Visit
  • Waterfowl Hunting

    150 Pintail courtship flight

    Find out more about waterfowl hunting on the Sacramento NWR Complex.

    Hunting on the Complex
  • Directions

    SPRING TRAILS (open Feb 15-June30): Traveling from I-5 at Williams go 32.5 miles east on Hwy 20 to Yuba City, go 8 miles south on Hwy 99, go 5 miles west on O’banion, go 0.5 miles north on Levee Rd to Parking Area B. Traveling from I-5 at Sacramento, go 26.5 miles north on Hwy 99 toward Yuba City, go 5 miles west on O’banion, go 0.5 miles north on Levee Rd to Parking Area B. HUNT AREA: Traveling from Hwy 20 in Yuba City, go 5 miles south on Hwy 99, go 5.5 miles west on Oswald, turn left at Schlag Rd onto gravel road and continue 0.6 miles to Check Station.

    Spring Trails and Hunter Check Station Maps (2 pages)
Page Photo Credits — by Mike Peters
Last Updated: May 23, 2017
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