California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Sutter Bypass Wildlife Area - Sutter County

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Description: Sutter County - south of the Sutter Buttes and southwest of Yuba City

Phone Number: (916) 358-2900

Maps: Directional Map (PDF)  Topographic Map (PDF)

Area Regulations:

  • No rifles or pistols may be used or possessed
  • Camping and trailers are not allowed

Special Restrictions:

  • Sutter Bypass Wildlife Area: Those portions of the east and west levees of the Wildlife Area adjacent to the Sutter National Wildlife Refuge shall be closed to the pursuit and take of waterfowl (ducks, geese, coots, moorhens - § 551, Title 14).
  • Sutter National Wildlife Refuge: Only waterfowl and pheasant hunting are allowed (shotgun only). See 552, Title 14 for specific regulation for Sutter National Wildlife Refuge.

Access:

  • Tisdale Bypass: From Hwy 20, approximately 5 miles east of the junction with Hwy 45, turn south onto Tarke Road. To access the bypass from Garmire/Cranmore Road, turn right onto Garmire from Tarke. To access from Progress Road/Reclamation Road, continue on Tarke, which eventually becomes Reclamation Road.
  • Sutter Bypass East Levee and East Channel: 22 miles in length from Highway 20 south to the junction with the Feather River Levee and the Nelson Slough Management Unit of the Feather River Wildlife Area. The East Levee is generally closed to vehicles.
  • Sutter Bypass West Levee and West Channel: 9.5 miles in length from Highway 20 to the Tisdale Bypass and 6.1 miles in length from the Tisdale Bypass south to Highway 113. The West Levee is closed to vehicles.

Description: The Sutter Bypass Wildlife Area consists of the Tisdale Bypass and two long, narrow parcels on either side of the Sutter Bypass, for a total of 3,204 acres.

Recreational Use: Type C Wildlife Area - no permits, passes, or reservations are required.

  • No camping, but overnight parking is allowed while fishing.
  • Fishing is allowed. Both Sutter Bypass Channels have catfish, bullheads, largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, black crappie and chinook salmon. Chinook salmon are most common in October and November. Fish ladders are present at the dams to assist the salmon in their migration to Butte Creek. No fishing within 250 feet of a ladder.

Hunting: Permitted daily during open seasons for all legal species. Shotgun and archery only. Good populations of deer (Zone D-4), waterfowl, and mourning dove. Valley quail, pheasant, rabbits, and turkeys may also be found in the wildlife area.

Public hunting areas:

  1. Highway 20 south to the Wadsworth Canal
    1. The Sutter Bypass East Channel, East Levee, and grassy berm strip located between the East Levee and outside drainage canal.
    2. The forested strip inside the Sutter Bypass between the Sutter Bypass East Channel and the farm lands. (Please do not trespass on private farm lands). This forested strip begins 1.1 miles north of Franklin Road and extends to a point 0.8 miles south of Franklin Road.
  2. Wadsworth Canal to Highway 113
    1. The East Channel, East Levee, and grassy berm strip located between the East Levee and outside drainage canal except for the 2.2 mile East Levee area inside the Sutter National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), which is open for fishing nd closed to hunting. (The Sutter NWR Hunter Check Station is open for waterfowl and pheasant hunting on the Sutter NWR during waterfowl season on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays. Call CDFW, Region 2 for hunting information about the Sutter NWR).
  3. Highway 113 to the Feather River levee
    1. The East Channel, East Levee, and grassy berm strip located between the East Levee and outside drainage canal. There is no hunting in the forested marsh area between the East Channel and the Sutter Bypass farm lands.
  4. Tisdale Bypass
    1. 4.4 miles in length and 425 acres in size from the Sacramento River to the Sutter bypass. The best hunting opportunity is here in the brushy/weedy habitat.
  5. Highway 20 to 3/4 mile north of Gilsizer Slough
    1. The West Channel, West Levee, and grassy berm strip located between the West Levee and outside drainage canal. The 100 foot wide outside grassy berm begins 1.5 miles north of Hughes Road and extends 3 miles south of Hughes Road to the Tisdale Bypass.
    2. The forested strip inside the Sutter Bypass between the Sutter Bypass West Channel and farm lands. (Please do not trespass on private farm lands). The forested strip extends from Highway 20 going south to a point 0.5 miles north of the Sutter National Wildlife Refuge north boundary (or 2.4 miles south of Franklin Road).
  6. 3/4 mile north of Gilsizer Slough to Highway 113
    1. The West Channel, West Levee, and very narrow grassy berm strip located between the West Levee and outside drainage canal. There is no hunting in the forested marsh area between the West Channel and the Sutter Bypass farm lands.

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