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Address: 752 County Road 99w, Willows, CA 95988-9639
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A GEM OF THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY

Beginning in mid-August, the northern flight of migratory waterfowl begins to arrive at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The migration of vibrantly colored ducks... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beginning in mid-August, the northern flight of migratory waterfowl begins to arrive at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The migration of vibrantly colored ducks, and snow-white geese is a sight to behold. The migration peaks in October, as northern regions ice up and by November there are millions of ducks, geese and shorebirds that will call the Sac their... More 

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Arcata, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful spot to visit during the wet season (~Nov through Apr) if you enjoy birdwatching, waterfowl, and wetlands. Easy access off I-5 and a beautiful bit of natural tranquility in an area that is otherwise a monotonous agricultural void.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

The good part if you are into bird watching you will probably like it. It's called a wild game refuge outside of one deer and a bunch of jack rabbits we saw no animals. There were some beautiful views of the lake for photographers. The trails were fair at best. Bottom line if you are a photographer or bird watcher... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

We were heading to northern California and decided this might be a fun stop along the way. We're glad we visited. We spent a couple of hours walking around the trails near the visitor center, spotting many different birds. We also took the auto tour which is a nice drive and gives a different perspective of the wildlife. Besides the... More 

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San Jose CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

January I think is best, we last went in mid-Feb, migration north had begun or the waterfowl were off-refuge. :) We saw many species, including some hybrids, but not the quantity in Jan-2015. Auto-trail for those of us who can't walk far is present in both; Colusa has become our favorite, a bit shorter and everything is closer. Both are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016 via mobile

The 3 mile driving loop at Colusa NWR was awesome. Saw ibis, turkey vultures, couple dozen night herons and scores of ducks. Sacramento NWR was also great with its 6-mile driving loop. Saw long eared hares, hawks, etc. Insane sunsets!!

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Redding, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2016

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

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016

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 

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Lodi, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016 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 

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Portland, Oregon
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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 

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