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Address: 752 County Road 99W, Willows, CA
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Wide variety of birds

This is our second visit. Winter migration Nov-Feb with a wide variety of ducks and geese. it is a driving tour of gravel loop that takes 1-2 hours depending on how long you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Redding, California
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Redding, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is our second visit. Winter migration Nov-Feb with a wide variety of ducks and geese. it is a driving tour of gravel loop that takes 1-2 hours depending on how long you stop. Take a zoom lens because you have to stay in the car. Also saw a lot of cranes, hawks and 1 eagle

Thank AmyWren
Berkeley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've always thought that if you want to see what the Central Valley might have been like before it was developed, the Sacto NWR could come close. In winter, thousands of geese and ducks occupy the refuge. The best way to observe them is on the auto tour. You have to stay in your car--otherwise the birds will be flushed.... More 

Thank Judith D
Lodi, California
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our first clue about what the refuge might be like was a field alongside of I-5 about 20 miles south of the refuge covered with white geese. At first we thought it was a crop but we soon realized that we were looking at a field of birds. The visitors center is nice. We could have easily spent a half... More 

Thank Gregory S
Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

This is our favorite wild life refuge. I never cease to be amazed anytime of the year at the bird life and, occasionally, deer and rabbit. This was our third winter visit, recorded at least 5 hawks, one eagle, 4 deer, thousands of ducks and birds. There is a 7 mile auto tour. Take it slowly, sit quietly and all... More 

Thank elgreco251
Clayton, Missouri
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Finally made the day trip. It was so worth it. $6 to enter. A nice visitor center but the 6 mile car loop was the real winner. Windows down so you can hear when groups take flight. Magical! Want to come back for the evening fly off someday. Great experience!

Thank DebMey11
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33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

A great place to see a variety of wildlife not just waterfowl. We have been here before, this time was different. We got off to a late start and arrived just before 4pm. The refuge was loaded with ducks and geese. We had heard about the fly off but the timing was never right. The fly off is when the... More 

Thank b r
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We always stop here. We take the auto tour, and always see lots of birds. We also saw deer, skunk, and raccoons. There are a couple stop and stretch areas, an overlook, and a very nice visitor's center. We also checked out some of the other refuge locations in the vicinity. We can take our dog when she is traveling... More 

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

There is actually a series of locations Yes, very dry, but still some great waterfowl and other species to see. I had a great view of a Bald Eagle sitting a tree 10 yards away, shame I couldn't get out of the car but took 20 photos from inside the car.... Highly recommended.

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Roseburg, Oregon
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

DON'T GO IN AUGUST. Bone dry. No life except in our truck. It's a really huge area, and we drove over hoping to find something. Will try another time.

Thank ValiOcean
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

so much wildlife, deer, owls, geese aka honkers, antelope, chipmunks, ducks, doves, pheasants, a very informative and interative welcome center. Bird Watcher's Paradise. a windy paved road for car tour or many trails for hiking. Right off Interstate 5, take county rd 68 exit, towards Princeton.

Thank Wendy W

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