Sacramento River
A Guide to Recreation and Public Access
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area
Access Site Details
Rivermile: 52
Owner: Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) Dave Feliz, Wildlife Area Manager (530) 757-2431
City: Davis
County: Yolo
Ownership: Public
Public Access: yes
Location: Click Here
Related Website: Click Here
Acres: 3
Access Via: Public road
Fishing Regulations: Click Here
Fishing Supplement: Click Here
Activities Available
• Fishing
• Hunting
• Birding
• Photography
• Nature Observation
• Nature Walk
Facilities Available
Parking
• Gravel Lot
• Dirt Lot
Pedestrian Access
• Trails
Picnic Facilities
• Picnic Table(s)
• Tree Shaded
Bathrooms
• Porta-Potties
Location Description
Approximately three miles east of Davis (four miles west of West Sacramento) off Interstate 80. From eastbound I-80, take East Chiles Road exit and travel east one-quarter mile to the west levee access. From westbound I-80, take Frontage 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.
Site Description
The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is a very large public/private restoration project. The area is managed by the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) as well as the Yolo Basin Foundation. The goal of establishing this wildlife area is to conserve wetlands and animal habitats as well as provide recreational benifets. Since the area provides many views of nature one of the most popular activities is hiking. It is also a popular place to hunt waterfowl during their respected seasons. Parts of the area are open to the public seven days a week from sunrise to sunset and there is no fee for day use. For more information visit the Yolo Basin Foundation's website (www.yolobasin.org) or contact the Department of Fish and Game.
Vegetation Wildlife
The permanent wetlands consist of vegetation such as cattails, tules and sedges. The seasonal wetlands provide annual plants such as swamp timothy, which becomes an important food source for waterfowl. A Ripirian Forest is located near Putah Creek and also provides wildlife habitat. The bypass is home to many birds, fish and mammals. There are a variety of different types of ducks and geese.
Current Land Use
The three main uses for the Yolo Bypass are flood control for the Sacramento River, wildlife and habitat management as well as recreation uses.
Access Description
From eastbound I-80, take East Chiles Road exit and travel east one-quarter mile to the west levee access. From westbound I-80, take Frontage 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.
Facility Signage
• Entrance
• Directional
• Facility Rules