Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

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The 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. The wildlife area is located within the Yolo Bypass which has functioned as a flood control conveyance structure since the early 1900s.


The bypass is owned by the State of California, and is managed by the California Department of Fish and Game.


About 16,600 acres.

Open space benefits:

Located in the heart of the Pacific Flyway, the bypass 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. Recreational opportunities include wildlife viewing, birdwatching, educational programs, nature exploration, and hunting.

Public accessibility:

Parts of the bypass are publicly accessible, from dawn until dusk. For more information, visit the California Department of Fish and Game’s website at


The bypass is located about three miles east of Davis (three miles west of West Sacramento), off Interstate 80.