Sacramento River Wildlife Area - Butte, Glenn, Colusa Counties
  • Tehama, Glenn, Butte, and Colusa counties; on the east and west sides of the Sacramento River.
  • Phone Number: (916) 358-2900
  • Additional Information:
Maps of Sacramento River Units Area Regulations:
  • No rifles or pistols may be used or possessed
  • Camping and trailers are not allowed
  • Horses, horseback riding, OHVs, and all vehicles are prohibited
  • Use of dogs is limited to one per hunter
  • Walk-in access is severely limited due to surrounding private property. Most units are accessible by boat only. Large yellow unit signs have been posted and are visible to users from the river.
  • See below for information on access to specific units of the Wildlife Area.
  • Boat-in Only
    • Merrills' Landing    Ord Bend            Stegeman
    • Dicus Slough        Jacinto                Moulton North
    • Wilson Landing     Oxbow                Moulton South
    • Pine Creek North   Beehive Bend      Colusa North
    • Shannon Slough    Princeton South   Colusa South
  • Boat-in or Walk-in
    • Pine Creek West     Princeton East
    • Pine Creek East      Princeton Southeast
    • Princeton North       Site 21
  • Public Boat Launch Sites
    • Site Name                           River Mile        Location and Access
    • Colusa State Park                     145          One block east of Highway 20 in Colusa
    • Butte City Launch Facilities        169          Northeast corner of Butte City
    • Ord Bend Boat Ramp                 184          County Road 32, where it crosses the river
    • Big Chico Creek Day Use Area    193.2        On River Road, south of Highway 32 and west of Chico
    • Pine Creek Day Use Area            196.5       On River Road in Chico, south of Highway 32
    • Gianella Landing                       199          South of Highway 32 bridge, west of Hamilton City
    • Tehama County River Park/
                       Woodson Bridge       218          Located on South Avenue in Corning 
  • 4,014 acres of riparian forest dominated by cottonwood, willow, ash, sycamore, box elder trees with dense understory of wild grape, pipevine, poison oak and grasslands, oxbow lakes, and gravel bars.
Recreational Use:
  • Type C Wildlife Area - no permits, passes, or reservations are required
  • Fishing, bird watching, nature study, and trapping are allowed. Among the diversity of species that can be seen along the river are otters, beavers, gray fox, bobcat, western pond turtles, ash-throated flycatchers, great blue herons, egrets, and a variety of birds of prey.
  • Allowed for all legal species from the opening of deer season through January 31 and the spring turkey season. Shotgun and archery only. Game species include deer, quail, turkey, and dove.
  • None
PLEASE NOTE: Area regulations are subject to change. Special restrictions on recreational uses, hunt days and methods of take are listed in the current year's issue of Hunting and Other Public Uses on State and Federal Areas, available at CDFW offices and places where licenses are sold.

Contact Sacramento River Wildlife Area - Butte, Glenn, Colusa Counties

Tina Bartlett
Regional Manager - North Central Region
1701 Nimbus Road
Rancho Cordova, California  95670
Phone: (916) 358-2900
Fax: (916) 358-2912


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Butte County, California
  • Colusa County, California
  • Glenn County, California

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