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Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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752 County Road 99w, Willows, CA 95988-9639
+1 530-934-2801
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Good place to Migrating Birds right off the Highway

Many ponds that migrating birds will stop at depending on the time of the year. There is a auto... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jim S
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Missoula, Montana
clouds of feathered friends

I love driving the loop around this refuge. It takes about 20 minutes and offers views of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
MountainFriendsPhoto
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Portland, Oregon
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752 County Road 99w, Willows, CA 95988-9639
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Many ponds that migrating birds will stop at depending on the time of the year. There is a auto tour and walking tour area. We were cautioned not to take the walking tour at this time of the year because of bugs that will not...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love driving the loop around this refuge. It takes about 20 minutes and offers views of pheasants, deer, giant jack-rabbits, and a billion birds. If you time it right.

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Reviewed 13 February 2018

Visited on February 10, which was exceptionally windy. Gusts of wind was blowing dirt into the air, so it was difficult to enjoy trails. The auto tour allows stops at several viewing . Very interesting to view snow geese in large clusters scattered throughout the...More

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Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

This place is ridiculous. A spectacle of epic proportions will greet you if you get here during the winter migration. It’s hard to believe a lot of it is manmade, created because the birds lost a lot of their habitat. If you go to the...More

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Reviewed 6 December 2017

I have been to the Sacramento NWR a couple of time in both the Fall and Winter. The vast amount of water birds is simply jaw dropping. You bird from your car with a few stops along the way to get out and view. There...More

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Reviewed 21 November 2017

There is an auto tour of the refuge,with stopping places to get out and look at ponds and other fields.

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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

This is a great place for outdoor lovers who appreciate wildlife. The $6 entrance fee gives you a small visitor center and a six mile loop road passing ponds where migrating waterfowl and resting. There are more than thousands, maybe millions of ducks and geese!...More

Thank RickandJan
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

SNWR is located just off of I 5 south of Willows. They have a 6 mile auto route that passes through some of the best habitat on the refuge. You can only leave your car and walk around at 3 locations, But in general you...More

1  Thank Art H
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

Tis a pale reflection of the abundant flocks of migratory birds that once blackened the skies in this winter stop over, the Pacific Flyway for migratory birds of all species that used this stretch of wet lands that have all but been taken over or...More

1  Thank aprildoornbos
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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

1  Thank travelmystic
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Pondtunes
13 January 2016|
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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
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fw19572015
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.
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