Sac, Delevan, Colusa and Sutter Refuges have delayed or modified openings.

(taken from sac refuges web page)


NEWS on DROUGHT IMPACTS - 2022-23

Due to drought conditions at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex, waterfowl hunting season opener is delayed and other recreational opportunities may potentially be impacted. 


  • FALL FLOOD-UPS =

  • Sacramento, Delevan and Colusa NWRs are anticipated to be able to flood 50% of their total wetlands this year.  Flood-ups have started and should be done by mid-November.  Water availability, wind, temperature, and precipitation will affect our ability to flood up, and changes to our best-laid plans are LIKELY.  Please be patient as we do our best with the conditions at hand.

  • Sutter NWR = it is unknown at this time if/when Sutter will receive water.  We will provide information as soon as it is available.

  • Steve Thompson North Central Valley WMA - Llano Seco Unit is anticipated to be able to flood 100% of their total wetlands this year.  Flood-ups will begin October 1 and should be done by mid-November.

  • HUNTING =

  • Sacramento, Delevan, Colusa NWRs are anticipated to open to hunting on November 19, 2022 at a reduced quota once the refuges reach the mark of 50% flooded.  This may be subject to change as water conditions change.

  • Sutter NWR = it is unknown at this time if/when Sutter will be open to hunting.  We will provide information as soon as it is available.

  • Sacramento River NWR = the hunting areas of Sacramento River NWR will remain open