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Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

#1 of 3 things to do in Willows Features Animals
752 County Road 99w, Willows, CA 95988-9639
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late afternoon wild flights

We have been to this reserve several times and each time have seen something new. The best viewing... read more

Reviewed 5 May 2017
San Francisco, California
A beautiful necessity near Willows

We went to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge during the off season. According to the radio... read more

Reviewed 23 April 2017
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752 County Road 99w, Willows, CA 95988-9639
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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

1  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 27 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

Thank Brad W
Reviewed 17 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...More

Thank Richard C
Reviewed 30 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
Reviewed 19 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...More

1  Thank CTBCalifornia
Reviewed 5 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...More

Thank Lisa E
Reviewed 7 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...More

Thank Gregory S
Reviewed 6 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...More

Thank ElenaT3
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linda w
17 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
14 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.