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National Wildlife Refuge

752 County Rd 99W
Willows, CA   95988 - 9639
E-mail: sacramentovalleyrefuges@fws.gov
Phone Number: 530-934-2801
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Hunting on refuge occurs during mid-October through mid-January, on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, on the southern portion of the refuge separate from all other recreational activities. There are 46 pit blind and island hunting sites and a free roaming area. Ducks, geese, pheasant, snipe, coots, and moorhens can be hunted. A refuge hunting permit must be purchased at the refuge's hunter check station.

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The auto tour and trail begin and end at the visitor center, which is located at the visitor parking lot. To enter the visitor center, visitors pass through an archway and kiosks that house interpretive panels that answer most commonly asked questions and depict the history of the refuge, wildlife problems, and management solutions. The visitor center has a diorama exhibiting 36 common species of birds within four habitats managed on refuge, a Discovery Room with hands-on displays, and a bookstore.

Wildlife Observation
The refuge has a 6-mile graveled automobile tour that meanders through freshwater wetlands and along a riparian corridor. A multilevel viewing platform midway along the auto tour allows for a panoramic view of the Sacramento Valley and wildlife viewing among the treetops.

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Operating hours for the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex are as follows:

The Center is open everyday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm November through February and only weekdays the rest of the year.

The refuge walking trails and auto tour route are open daily sunrise to sunset year round.

Entrance Fees
There is a refuge entrance vehicle fee of $3 day, $12 annual or $20 commercial van or bus. Holders of a Federal Duck Stamp or Federal Golden Passports are free.

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