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Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 752 County Road 99w, Willows, CA 95988-9639
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A beautiful necessity near Willows

We went to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge during the off season. According to the radio guided tour, most of the migrating birds leave by January to head north for the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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333 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge during the off season. According to the radio guided tour, most of the migrating birds leave by January to head north for the summer. Even though it was the off season, this wetland sanctuary is beautiful. The guided tour (FM 93.1) that accompanies the slow car drive through the refuge explains why... More 

1 Thank nkwins
Eugene, Oregon
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44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We passed through here twice within 3 weeks during our recent travels. Both times were excellent experiences. The Refuge staff do a great job of maintaining roads and trails for the public to view birds, migrating or not, and other local critters that may be out and about. Staff are knowledgeable and helpful, and were good at explaining some of... More 

Thank Hugh L
Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Simply put, the refuge is a treasure. The variety of birds one can see (at least in the winter) is jaw-dropping. Also impressive are the opportunities one has to either walk or drive. I can't say enough about the staff in the visitor's center as well. My daughter is a fledgling birder and they were very supportive and helpful! One... More 

Thank Brad W
2 reviews
Reviewed 16 February 2017

I have been going to the SNWR complex for more than a decade now, and always have an amazing time there. I am a serious wildlife photographer and get amazing shots here. Where else can you literally see hundreds of thousands of critters. Mostly geese and ducks, but if you look carefully you will likely see lots of raptors, ibis,... More 

Thank Richard C
Austin, Texas
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95 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

We did a drive through and the waterfowl was amazing. Many species of geese and duck. Also saw many hawks and several eagles. Great place to spend several hours enjoying the outdoors.

Thank mikesabirder
Groveland, California
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247 reviews
130 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I cannot say enough good things about this place, the facility, the staff, the volunteers, the grounds, and the incredible array of nature's creatures you can see. Do try to allocate at least half a day for your visit, so that you can check out the great exhibits in the Visitor Center, do the Nature Walk to stretch your legs... More 

1 Thank CTBCalifornia
San Francisco, California
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31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

With the wet winter and the colder weather up north, the snow geese arrived here earlier this year and they are here in vast numbers. When they fly in or out, they create a huge cloud in the sky, which is an impressive sight. In addition to the snow geese, there are bald eagles, hawks, and many, many water fowl.... More 

Thank Lisa E
Lodi, California
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158 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

This was our second visit to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. A visit usually starts at the Visitors Center where you can learn about the refuge and the wildlife you can see there. The best time to see migrating birds is in the winter when thousands of birds (real snowbirds) spend their winters feasting on leftover grain in the nearby... More 

Thank Gregory S
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 5 December 2016

If you are into birding or photography this place is a must. If you are depressed and need to remember how exhuberant and beautiful life can be, this is also your place. The Sacramento NWR complex five refuges are a main stop in the pacific flyway for migratory birds and this is the best time of the year to visit.... More 

Thank ElenaT3
San Francisco, United States
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

When we got to the Refuge we went to the visitor center first and view a film on the work that went on making it a place of safety for both wild life and the person viewing it. We proceeded to go on the Auto-Strech Tour. We were amazed at the vast number of different birds and dragonflies. One settled... More 

Thank Gerald W

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