Central Valley Visitor Information

Watchable Wildlife Central Valley

California Watchable Wildlife celebrates the state’s wildlife and diverse habitats by acknowledging and elevating the value of wildlife viewing to benefit individuals, families, communities, and industries while fostering awareness and support for wildlife and habitats.

In California, over 90% of the historic wetlands and 95% of the historic riparian areas no longer exist. Constructed levees now confine the rivers for irrigation and flood control, preventing the natural flooding of wetlands. Despite these changes, birds continue to fly their ancient migration routes along the Pacific Flyway and crowd into the remaining wintering habitat. The Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex, made up of Sacramento, Delevan, Colusa, and Sutter Refuges, and the Llano Seco Unit, is located in the Sacramento Valley. The Valley is the most important wintering site for waterfowl using the Pacific Flyway, attracting more than 2 million ducks and 750,000 geese. Surrounded by farmlands and flanked by the southern Cascade and northern Sierra Nevada and Coast Range, the permanent ponds and seasonal marshes of the Sacramento Refuges are a wetland wildlife oasis. This is especially important to the wintering migratory waterfowl, as they journey to their wintering grounds, in the Central Valley of California, by the millions. In the Southern Central Valley, Carrizo Plain is the state’s largest remaining example of the once-vast grasslands that made up the San Joaquin Valley ecosystem. The Kern National Wildlife Refuge is the largest wetland area in the Southern San Joaquin Valley and plays a vital role in the Pacific Flyway for migrating waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds.

Participate or follow a year long photo contest in cooperation with Outdoor California, a publication of the California Dept. of Fish and Game.  Three monthly prizes will be awarded and a grand prize winner will be chosen from the monthly winners.  Images must be taken at a California Watchable Wildlife viewing site.

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Top Attractions in the Central Valley Area

Bidwell Park & Bidwell Mansion
Feather River Fish Hatchery, Oroville
Forestiere Underground Gardens, Fresno
Oroville Dam & Lake, Oroville
Sacramento Zoo
San Luis National Wildlife Refuge

Activities in the Central Valley Area

Blossom Trail

Take this self-guided motor or bicycle tour, organized by the Fresno County Blossom Trail Committee, …
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Celebrate Winter at a Wildlife Festival

Winter is the season to enjoy the spectacular migratory bird life along the famed Pacific …
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Central Valley Museums

No Visit to a California destination would be complete without visiting one of the many …
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Explore Bats in Yolo Basin

Within the shadow of the capitol of California, the Yolo Bypass offers excellent wildlife viewing …
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Inland Valley Wine Region

Inland Valleys – Our state’s sunny inland valleys are great for grapes. But that isn’t all …
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Rocks – A Family’s Passion

The family passion for rocks turned a hobby into a full time business when John …
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Camp-California is concerned about the health and safety of our campers and adventurers. While camping and outdoor activities do offer the ability to self-isolate, we are encouraging all California residents and travelers to shelter in place until further notice. We recognize that getting outdoors is what you do best, and we will be here to reacquaint you with nature once we're cleared for adventure again!


Most private parks are open with 14-day minimums. If you are a full-time RVer looking to shelter in place, a member of the traveling medical profession, or a utility worker looking for a park please call our office and we can connect you with an appropriate location.