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Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex. It is located about 70 miles north of the metropolitan area of Sacramento and 7 miles south of the City of Willows in Glenn and Colusa Counties. The refuge consists of 10,819 acres primarily of wetlands, with some grasslands and riparian habitats.


Visitor Opportunities:

The refuge is open daily from one-hour before sunrise to one-hour after sunset. Numerous recreational opportunities are available including the popular six-mile auto tour and two walking trails, which meander along marshes and riparian areas. The auto tour

provides visitors with great views of wildlife. Visitors are required to stay in their vehicles to prevent disturbance to the wildlife while on the auto tour but can get out at three stop-and-stretch locations including the platform. The two-mile Wetland Walk trail is an accessible trail from the visitor center. The Logan Creek Trail is six miles and is open from February 15 through June 30. Fourteen in-ground concrete blinds and one above ground site are available along the trail on a first-come, first-serve basis for photographers. This area is accessible off of Road 68, 2.5 miles east of 99W.

Visitors can also enjoy a wildlife exhibit, bookstore, and Discovery Room in the Visitor Center. The Center is open daily from 9

a.m. through 4 p.m. November through February, and weekdays only the rest of the year. Interpretive kiosks, picnic tables, benches and restrooms are located outside the Visitor Center making them available year-round. Dogs are permitted on trails if on a six-foot leash. On a separate area of the refuge, waterfowl and pheasant hunting are permitted seasonally.

The refuge collects a $6 day use fee to pay for visitor facilities and wildlife habitat improvements. Holders of a Federal Duck Stamp ($25) or an America the Beautiful - Interagency Annual, Senior, Access or Volunteer Pass (or the past equivalent Golden Age Pass) enter free. We also offer a $12 annual pass for the frequent visitor.

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