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USA Parks
Northern California Region
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
752 County Road 99W
Willows, California   95988

Phone: 530-934-2801
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge


Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Sunset radiance over the marsh of the Sacramento Wildlife Refuge.

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
'Mouse Catcher'

Great Horned Owl in a cottonwood tree during the winter in the Sacramento Wildlife Refuge.

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
'Juxtaposed Together'

Two egrets perched on snags along the marsh edge in Sacramento Wildlife Refuge. Late spring is a wonderful time to view these birds at this location.

The Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge is the headquarters for the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex and is one of six refuges located in the Sacramento Valley of north-central California. The refuge is approximately 90 miles north of Sacramento, adjacent to Interstate 5.

The 10,783-acre refuge consists of about 7,600 acres of intensively managed wetlands, uplands, riparian habitat, and vernal pools. It typically supports wintering populations of more than 600,000 ducks and 200,000 geese. More than 95 percent of the wetlands of the central valley have been lost in the last 100 years, and waterfowl have become increasingly dependent upon the refuges of the Sacramento Valley.

The refuge supports several endangered plants and animals, including transplanted colonies of palmate-bracted birds-beak, several species of fairy shrimp, vernal pool tadpole shrimp, giant garter snake, wintering peregrine falcon, bald eagle, and breeding tricolored blackbird. Resident wildlife includes grebe, heron, blackbird, golden eagle, beaver, muskrat, black-tailed deer, and other species typical of upland and wetland habitats. Approximately 9,000 people hunt on the refuge each year, and 73,000 people use the visitor center, auto tour route, and walking trail.

History of the Area
For thousands of years the Sacramento Valley has provided a winter haven for ducks, geese, and swans. Waterfowl migrate here by the millions from as far away as the Arctic regions of Alaska, Canada, and Siberia.

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November 10 Grizbear by Grizbear
One of our favorite Bay area Parks. Great palce for Wildlife. No matter the time of year a great birding experience or just get away.

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Close to Calistoga, Napa Valley and Lake County Vineyards, and Harbin Hot Springs in the Mayacama Mountains, and 2 hrs away from San Francisco or Sacramento. Backyard Garden Oasis is an exquisite respite for those wanting a nature-filled retreat surrounded by some of Californias most beautiful country.
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From Interstate 5 at Williams, continue north on the Interstate for approximately 20 miles; exit at Road 68. At the Road 68 and Highway 99W interchange, turn north and travel approximately 1.6 miles to the Refuge entrance. For southbound travelers, exit Interstate 5 at County Road 57. Turn east over the overpass to Highway 99W. Drive approximately 4.5 miles south to the Refuge entrance.

USA Parks
Northern California Region
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
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