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Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Address: 752 County Road 99W, Willows, CA
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Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Willows
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
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Tigard, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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.

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Lincoln, California
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106 reviews 106 reviews
63 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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.

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Fort Bragg, California
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225 reviews 225 reviews
23 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 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 

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Quito, Ecuador
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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.

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Duarte, California
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160 reviews 160 reviews
132 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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Willows, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Got some great pics on the auto tour, and the walking tour was nice. Probably not the best time of year though.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

A really nice walking trail along small ponds and marsh areas. Also an auto tour along several small lakes. Ducks and geese weren't disturbed by my vehicle and had the opportunity for great close up pictures for Northern Shovelers, Mallards, Pintail, Buffleheads and Ring Necked Ducks. Not to mention 1000's of White Front Geese, Snow Geese and Ross's Geese.

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Santa Rosa
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79 reviews 79 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

This is one of the most incredible places to visit and hike through. Its a very well managed refuge. We saw Canadian Geese, Snow Geese, Golden Eagles, Turtles, Mallards, Cormorants, Herons, Blue Herons, all kinds of Birds I didn't recognize, pheasant, hawks. A place of beauty and wonder. We did the auto tour and then did the hike. Hundreds of... More 

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San Jose
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69 reviews 69 reviews
13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

I recommend both the Sacto and the Colusa Wildlife Refuge. There is a charge for the Sacto auto tour, but the one in Colusa, no charge.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

A visit in autumn is highly recommended. The vast number and variety of birds is something to behold. Even if you are not a bird enthusiast you will still enjoy it here. There is a short interpretive trail and you will see lots of wildlife.

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