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Address: 752 County Road 99W, Willows, CA
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don't miss the evening "fly off"

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 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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32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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.

1 Thank SWTraveler898
Roseburg, Oregon
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

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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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 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
Tigard, Oregon
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36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We have visited here previously. There is a nice visitors center. We arrived late in the afternoon and just did the auto tour. We saw a variety of wildlife including ducks, geese and deer. Specifically we saw Shovelers, egrets, coots and snow geese. Always worth the time to take the tour.

1 Thank maspdx
Lincoln, California
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198 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

If you want see nature at it's best this is the place. You can go anytime of year and see many different types of water fowl and birds in the comfort of your car while driving the good unpaved roads around the very large area.

1 Thank John G
Fort Bragg, California
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245 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014 via mobile

Late fall and early winter is the perfect time of year to visit the refuges. We try and do at least 2 "units" while in the area.The weather usually is cooler and many birds have returned to spend the winter months. The auto tours are especially fun as you are hidden from the birds in your car, and are able... More 

3 Thank TwoTeaTotalers
Quito, Ecuador
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Lots of wading birds and other critters. Organized with a visitor center. They will loan you binoculars.

Thank Stephen H
Paso Robles, California
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175 reviews
138 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This is the closest of the three refuges in this area, it is overwhelming at first and its not even peak migration season for wintering birds such as the beautiful Tundra Geese and millions of other aviary species that are crammed into these tiny wetland habitats that for thousands of years these migratory birds use a resting, feeding and nesting... More 

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