It is common for waterfowl hunting areas to close periodically due to safety concerns caused by flooding. Areas that most commonly experience flood closures are: Sutter National Wildlife Refuge, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Delevan National Wildlife Refuge, Little Dry Creek and Howard Slough. Reservations for State-operated wildlife areas that are closed due to flooding will not be accepted at other hunting areas. Refunds will not be issued for applications submitted to areas that are closed or if reservations are not available. Closed areas may reopen later in the season if safety conditions improve.
CLOSED wildlife areas / refuges:
- Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is closed until further notice due to flooding. Call (530)757-2461 for information.
- Sutter National Wildlife Refuge is closed until further notice due to flooding. Call (530)934-2801 for information.
- The Grizzly Island Wildlife Area Complex, except for Gold Hills and Island Slough, is closed to all public use, including fishing, due to overtopping levees. This includes the following units: Grizzly Island, Joice Island, Hill Slough, Peytonia, and Goodyear Slough. Call (707)425-3828 for information.
STATUS OF POPULAR WILDLIFE AREAS (which are open or closed) (PDF)
Check Twitter tag #cawildlifeareaclosures for updates on State-operated wildlife area closures.