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Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

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Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is the perfect spot to escape urban life in nearby Sacramento and Davis. Bird watchers, hunters and schoolchildren all come to the area to experience wildlife up-close in nature.

Located in the heart of the Pacific Flyway, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area's approximately 16,600 acres is a haven for fish, waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds, neotropical migratory birds, raptors, invertebrates, snakes, turtles, toads, and bats. Vegetation community types include managed seasonal and permanent wetland, natural seasonal wetland, natural perennial wetland, and riparian woodland.

For more information, call the area at (530) 757-2461 or the Bay Delta Region's Fairfield office at (707) 428-2002.

Recreational Opportunities

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Activities: wildlife viewing, bird watching, educational programs, nature exploration, and hunting

Hours: open all year round from sunrise to sunset except for Christmas Day


During winter months the wildlife area may be periodically closed due to flooding. Check the Wildlife Area Closure Alerts page for further information.

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands please refer to the link opens in new windowCDFW Public Lands Regulations booklet. Scroll to the Table of Contents. Locate the page number for general regulations for public uses on all Department lands. For additional regulations that apply only to certain properties, check the Table of Contents for sections that refer to additional or property-specific regulations for wildlife areas or ecological reserves. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following the general and property-specific regulations.

Hunting Opportunities

Excellent waterfowl and upland game bird hunting with more than 2,000 acres of wetland and upland habitat.

Reservations: Available during the waterfowl and pheasant seasons. Hunters without reservations may register at the area headquarters 2 miles west of the hunter check station on County Road 32-B (Chiles Rd.) between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Hunters without reservations or lottery numbers will be assigned first-come, first-served numbers beginning two hours before shooting time at the hunter check station, which is located within the bypass.

Assigned Blinds: Sixteen assigned blind sites are available for waterfowl hunting in the Northeast Unit of the Wildlife Area. Each blind site consists of two concrete double pit blinds and has a capacity of four (4) hunters. Pheasant hunting is not permitted in the assigned blind area. Parking is available in Lots F and H.

Blinds are issued during the morning up to one hour before shooting time in the following order: Hunters with reservations, hunters with a lottery number, and hunters in the sweat line on a first come first serve basis. Blinds are refilled continuously until 2:00 p.m.

  • Hunters must hunt from their assigned blinds, except to retrieve downed birds.
  • Hunters may not access the free-roam area north of the Northeast Unit from parking lot H.
  • Please replace blind covers before departing
  • Please remove all litter including empty shotgun shells when you leave your blind

Disabled Accessible Blind Pond: Disabled Accessible (DA) Blind capacity is two (2) individuals. DA blinds are filled by reservation held for one hour, then filled as first-come first-serve after the hour has expired. The first-come first-serve will be in an order determined by lottery number (in number order) then by sweat-line number. If no one takes the blind then it will be left open. No able body hunters (non-mobility impaired hunters) will be allowed to take the blind.

One free roam party can also fill the disabled accessible hunting area. However, this party must have proper paperwork and is restricted to standard reservation / lottery filling quotas, i.e. they can only bring one additional adult with them. If no one takes the disabled accessible free roam hunting area it will be left open with no able body individuals filling it.

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