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Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge - Site # 306

Background: The Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) is part of the Sacramento Refuge Complex. It is is located in the Sacramento Valley of north-central California. The Refuge currently meanders along 77-miles of California's largest waterway, the Sacramento River, between Red Bluff and Princeton. Its many Units are located along both sides of the River and serve to protect and provide a wide variety of riparian habitats for birds, fish, and other wildlife. The Refuge is one of many partners protecting and restoring riparian habitat along the Sacramento River and its watershed.

The Habitat: Pine Creek Unit is 564 acres, 141 acres are native grasses and 423 acres are mixed riparian forest. Ord Bend Unit is 111 acres of mixed riparian forest valley oak woodland, and native grasslands. The Sul Norte Unit is 590 acres, 86 are native grasses the remaining is mixed riparian forest and savannah. Packer Unit is 404 acres of mixed riparian forest. The Rio Vista Unit is 1,149 acres of mixed riparian forest and savannah.

The Experience: The Refuge was established to preserve, restore, and enhance riparian habitat for threatened and endangered species, breeding and wintering migratory birds, anadromous fish, resident species, and native plants.

Wildlife and Where to Find It: Rio Vista Unit has a 6-mile total trail area, access is by foot or boat only. Pine Creek Unit has 1-mile total trail area, access is by foot or boat only. Packer Unit has 1-mile total trail area, access is by foot or boat only. Ord Bend unit has 3/4-mile total trail area, access is by foot only.

Viewing Tips: Wildlife observation is about 9,000 visits per year, which includes walking trails, boating, and photography. Spring and summer are best to view songbirds and raptors, which rely on the unique riparian habitat.

Site Notes:  The Sacramento River is an important breeding area for migratory songbirds and other migratory and resident landbirds. This River is also an important migration corridor that provides stopover resting and feeding habitat for birds that breed in the nearby northern Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade foothills and mountains. Many mammalian species are year-round residents of the Refuge. Fish species occur at the Refuge in the main channel, sloughs, oxbow lakes, and on the inundated floodplain. The Sacramento River is important to native anadromous fish, including green and white sturgeon, pacific and river lamprey, steelhead, and four distinct runs of Chinook salmon (Moyle 2002). The visitor services program offers a parking area, walking trail, and information kiosks at Rio Vista, Pine Creek, Ord Bend, Packer and Sul Norte Units.

Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge benefits from programs established by the Bureau of Reclamation's Central Valley Project Conservation Program (CVPCP) and the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) Habitat Restoration Program. For more infomration, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpcp/aboutus.html and for information on endangered species http://ecos.fws.gov/tess_public/#

Nearby Viewing Sites: There are 26 Refuge Units along 77-miles of the River that comprise the Sacramento River Refuge. Visit the Birding Trail Hotspot Map on the Refuge website at: sacramentovalleyrefuges.fws.gov for the nearest wildlife viewing opportunities.

Viewing Site Hours of Operation are:
Staff On-site: No
Open: Sun,Mon,Tues,Wed,Thur,Fri,Sat
Hours: 11/2 hours before sunrise to 11/2 hours after suns
Year Round: Yes

Road Information:   Paved.  Gravel. 
 Roads available year-round.
Road Hazards: No
 Number of Parking Spaces: 10
Parking Fee: No
Proximity to viewing area:Short walk
 Pull-Through Parking: Yes
Parking Notes: 

How to Get There: The Sacramento River National Refuge consists of 26 Units or properties along 77-miles of the Sacramento River. All or parts of 16 Units are open to the public. Visit the Refuge website to view the maps for directions to individual Units:http://www.fws.gov/sacramentovalleyrefuges/r_sacriver.html
 

Contact Information
Managing Agency: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Agency Site URL: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/sacramento_river
Physical Address:752 County Rd. 99W
Willows, CA 95988
Agency 2:same
, CA
Manager Phone:530-934-2801 Contact Us:by Email
Site Phone:530-934-2801
County: Tehama, Butte, Glenn, Colusa
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