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Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area - Yolo County
Recreation: Waterfowl and upland game hunting, wildlife viewing, auto tour
Location: About 3 miles east of Davis (3 miles west of West Sacramento), off Interstate 80.
Access: From eastbound I-80, take the East Chiles Road exit and travel east one-quarter mile to the west levee access.
From westbound I-80, take the "County Road 32A East Chiles Road" exit immediately west of the west end of the Yolo Causeway, turn right at stop sign and head south under freeway to west levee access.
Hours: The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is open all year round from sunrise to sunset except for Christmas Day.
Phone Number: call the Bay Delta Region office in Napa at (707) 944-5500 or the Wildlife Area office (530) 757-2461
PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands please refer to the Public Lands Regulations Booklet on the CDFW Regulations page. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following these regulations.
Recreational Use: Nature enthusiasts can enjoy a unique combination of activities, including excellent bird watching opportunities, educational programs, nature exploration and waterfowl hunting.
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is the perfect spot to escape urban life in nearby Sacramento and Davis. Birders, 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 more than 17,770 acres is part wildlife area, part outdoor education experience, and part birders' paradise all in one.
Hunting: Type A Wildlife Area. 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 4 p.m. and 6 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 only between the hours of 10:00 and 1:00 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.
Both of these will only be refilled during the standard blind refilling procedures between 10 am and 1 pm (1000 and 1300 hours).
The disabled accessible free roam party will not be counted against the total free roam quota for the area. The free roam hunting party take (harvest information) will be added to the general total and not the disabled accessible blind total.
Every hunting party must have a mobility impaired hunter and must provide the registration certificate for Department of Motor Vehicle issued disabled license plates.
Checking Stations: During approved hunting seasons, the parking lot and checking stations will open at least 2 1/2 hours before shooting time. Overnight parking is not permitted.
Wildlife Viewing: Increasingly, people and birds are drawn to the Yolo wetlands. Scientists, bird enthusiasts and schoolchildren visit the wetlands on guided tours to witness first-hand the awe-inspiring sights and sounds of waterfowl.
The Yolo Basin Foundation, in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, through the Discover the Flyway program, has trained hundreds of teachers to lead thousands of schoolchildren on field activities while visiting Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area.
The Yolo Basin Foundation believes that education is the cornerstone of perpetual protection for our wetlands and wildlife.
History: While Yolo Bypass retains its historic flood-control priority, the area has been restored to create permanent ponds and seasonal wetlands for wintering waterfowl and other species.
Thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's partnerships and collaborative efforts with the Yolo Basin Foundation, Californians are the beneficiaries of a unique wildlife sanctuary.
Outdoor California Articles
- "Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area: Birth of a Wintering Waterfowl Wildland" (PDF) by Peter J Hayes © 1999
- "Yolo Fly By" (PDF) by Dave Feliz © 2004