Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

Davis, CA

National Parks
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Address: 45211 Co Rd 32B, Davis, CA 95618, USA How do we get there? Number: 916 445 0411
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About this activity

If you love the great outdoors, you'll love Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, which is teeming with stunning wildlife and flora, only a stone's throw from Sacramento.

Yolo Wildlife Bypass Area is the perfect spot if you want to escape the city life for a bit, and just get out to enjoy the magic of California nature. It's pretty special!

Right in the heart of the Pacific Flyway, this stunning area is spread across a whopping 16,600 acres, so kids - get those walking shoes on!

As you make your way around the reserve, you will experience a number of vegetation community types, including wetlands and woodlands. Keep those cameras at the ready too, because there is a lot of wildlife to spot.

Kids - keep an eye out for those jumping toads, or the slithering snakes. You might be lucky and spot some migratory birds, waterfowl, wading birds and even raptors! Don't forget to look up, because the bats might be out in full force too. 

People from all walks, from schoolchildren, to hunters, to bird watchers all come to see wildlife up-close in their natural environments. A great opportunity for kids to learn about nature too. 

You can even start learning now! Did you know that the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area was once an 80,000 acre wetland teeming with wildlife even as big as elk? Like many areas, the basin was altered by human activity, and after years of farming and grazing, what is left is the official basin - and it's pretty special!

So why not get outdoors on your next family day out, and enjoy what makes California so special. It makes such a difference getting out into nature, so kids - turn off those televisions and put away those phones. It's time to have a WILD day out, and it's at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area!

Activity location


From the 1-80 East, take the East Chiles Road exit and travel east 1/4 mile to the west levee access. From the 1-80 West, take the "Country Road 32A East Chiles Road" exit immediately west of the west end of the Yolo Causeway. Turn right at a stop sign, and head south under freeway to west levee access.

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Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area FAQ’s

Their mission is to refurbish wetland habitat for water birds, as well as other wildlife, as they maintain the agricultural character and flood control functions of the Bypass itself.

It's always a good idea to take a backpack with healthy snacks and bottled water when exploring nature.

Make sure you take sun protection, it can get hot!

Schoolchildren can visit on guided tours and witness first-hand the amazing sights and sounds of nature! They use trained teachers to lead these students through their journey and activities. Give them a call for more details.

Give them a call to discuss the accessibility of the trails

During the winter months the wildlife area might be closed for flooding, so check closures online or call before you visit.

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