Rio Vista Unit

For Refuge-specific rules and regulations, link to the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge. On this page, you’ll find:

  1. Unit-specif rules and regulations for hunting and fishing

  2. Maps for boat access, closed areas, etc.
  3. Links to definitions and other relevant summaries
  4. Unit brochures
    Warning shots!!! Look for additional rules and instructions on Unit signs and kiosks.  Beware of wildlife (mountain lions, wild boar, rattlesnakes, mosquitoes, ticks, bees/wasps, as well as poison oak, stinging nettle, poison hemlock)

I. Unit-Specific Rules and Regulations

A. Waterfowl, Snipe & Dove Hunting

Access: ONLY by boat

ADA: mobility-impaired hunters to consult the Refuge manager

BikesBicycles: NOT allowed for hunting, but they are allowed on designated trails from May 15 through August 15

Blinds: NO permanent blinds and see “Vegetation” below

Boats: boat access only (see our Google map)

Camping & overnight: ONLY on gravel bars for up to 7 days in 30-day period

Closures: NO hunting–

      1. In the closed area (see our Google map)
      2. Within 50 feet of landward boundaries adjacent to private land
      3. 150 yards of any occupied dwelling, etc.

Day use: open 2 hrs before sunrise until 1-1/2 hr after sunset (non-hunters may access by foot from the parking area)

DogsDogs: control at all times and leash except while hunting

Fees: NO hunting fees

Fires: only on gravel bars in portable gas stoves

Gravel bars: all gravel bars are open to hunting and fishing in during open season for authorized species.

Horses: NOT allowed

Hunt area: avoid the closed zone (see Unit brochure and our Google map)

Personal Property: remove by 1 1/2 hours after sunset

Quotas: no limit on the number of hunters

Shot: ONLY non-toxic shot approved by the US Fish & Wildlife Service while in the field

Vegetation: don’t cut for blinds or trails

Vehicles: motorized vehicles are NOT allowed

Weapons: shotgun ONLY–NO rifles or pistols

B. Pheasant, Turkey & Quail Hunting

  • Same as above, except that:

Bow and arrowArchery: allowed

      1. Only during hunting season
      2. Not allowed in the parking area
      3. Not allowed in the north end of the Unit (link to our summary of archery-specific regulations)

Seasons: click Turkey

Weapons: ONLY shotgun and archery hunting

C. Black-Tailed Deer

  • Same as Par. B, except that:

Blinds: permanent blinds, platforms, ladders or screw-in foot pegs are NOT allowed

DogsDogs: link to our summary of regulations for hunting dogs and training on mammals.

Personal property: remove by 1-1/2 hour after sunset, including stands and trail cameras

Shells: shotguns with slugs are also allowed while deer hunting

D. Sport Fishing

Sport FishingFish area: Sacramento River

Regulations: observe State fishing regulations

Vegetation: do NOT make trails by cutting vegetation

II. Rules and Regulations

Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge, Rio Vista UnitSacramento River National Wildlife Refuge, Rio Vista Unit



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