California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Sacramento River Wildlife Area - Butte, Glenn, Colusa Counties

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Location: Tehama, Glenn, Butte, and Colusa counties; on the east and west sides of the Sacramento River.

Phone Number: (916) 358-2900

Additional Information: SacramentoRiver.org

Map: Directional Map (PDF)

Maps of Sacramento River Units (All maps are in PDF format)

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

Access: 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

Description: 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.

Hunting: 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.

Facilities: 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.


KC/WLB 08/09