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Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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752 County Road 99w, Willows, CA 95988-9639
+1 530-934-2801
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Birding Heaven

This place is ridiculous. A spectacle of epic proportions will greet you if you get here during the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
via mobile
An Amazing Wildlife Resource

I have been to the Sacramento NWR a couple of time in both the Fall and Winter. The vast amount of... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2017
Benicia, United States
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752 County Road 99w, Willows, CA 95988-9639
+1 530-934-2801
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is ridiculous. A spectacle of epic proportions will greet you if you get here during the winter migration. It’s hard to believe a lot of it is manmade, created because the birds lost a lot of their habitat. If you go to the...More

Thank 0garibaldi0
Reviewed 6 December 2017

I have been to the Sacramento NWR a couple of time in both the Fall and Winter. The vast amount of water birds is simply jaw dropping. You bird from your car with a few stops along the way to get out and view. There...More

Thank sallybC1548JS
Reviewed 20 November 2017

There is an auto tour of the refuge,with stopping places to get out and look at ponds and other fields.

Thank Gorsefighter
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

This is a great place for outdoor lovers who appreciate wildlife. The $6 entrance fee gives you a small visitor center and a six mile loop road passing ponds where migrating waterfowl and resting. There are more than thousands, maybe millions of ducks and geese!...More

Thank RickandJan
Reviewed 24 October 2017

SNWR is located just off of I 5 south of Willows. They have a 6 mile auto route that passes through some of the best habitat on the refuge. You can only leave your car and walk around at 3 locations, But in general you...More

1  Thank Art H
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Tis a pale reflection of the abundant flocks of migratory birds that once blackened the skies in this winter stop over, the Pacific Flyway for migratory birds of all species that used this stretch of wet lands that have all but been taken over or...More

1  Thank aprildoornbos
Reviewed 5 May 2017

We have been to this reserve several times and each time have seen something new. The best viewing is usually late afternoon/dusk. We usually go in the early months of the year. Stunning birds, ducks, geese, hawks even some deer and on our last visit...More

Thank travelmystic
Reviewed 23 April 2017

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...More

2  Thank nkwins
Reviewed 15 April 2017 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...More

Thank Hugh L
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...More

1  Thank Brad W
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linda w
16 July 2016|
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Response from Ceal-SanJose | Reviewed this property |
Also, I should add, Colusa NWR is just off freeway a tad further south, shorter route and if birds are there in first pond you will know to continue
13 January 2016|
Response from elgreco251 | Reviewed this property |
I did notice an appreciably smaller crowd this year. Last year it looked like a geese convention. Mostly ducks from the vantage points around the water areas. We did see a high volume of raptors (mostly red tails)...with... More
21 December 2015|
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Response from ValiOcean | Reviewed this property |
The US Fish and Wilflife Service website (fws.gov) - Once there, type in 'Sacremento Wildlife Refuge' and you will be provided with an abundance of information.