California Department of Fish and Wildlife

North Central Region

Main Office
   1701 Nimbus Road
   Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
   (916) 358-2900
   FAX: (916) 358-2912

Sales Hours
   8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
   Monday - Friday

Email the North Central Region

Regional Manager:
Tina Bartlett

Outdoor Events and Activities

Youth in the Outdoors

Youth in the Outdoors: Fun, educational, wildlife-related activities for young Californians

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area (Butte County) hosts wildlife-related events year-round.

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

(in the nearby Bay-Delta Region)

The Yolo Basin Foundation works in partnership with DFG to provide educational opportunities for the public at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area (Yolo County). For information, contact: Rachelle De Clerck, Yolo Basin Foundation Program Director,, (530) 758-1018 or visit the Foundation's website at

Oroville's C.A.S.T. (Catch a Special Thrill)

June:  Local bass anglers partner with disabled children for a day of fishing at Lake Oroville.
Call (530) 538-2222 for more information.

Feather River Salmon Festival

4th Saturday of September: The stretch of the Feather River between Historic Downtown Oroville and the Feather River Fish Hatchery (Butte County) bursts with fish-flavored activities during the Annual Salmon Festival, a day of fun, food, music and information. From 10am - 4pm the fish hatchery celebrates the thousands of spawning salmon that annually make their way from the ocean back to Oroville.

Across from the hatchery at the Feather River Nature Center, you enjoy a continuation of the Maidu Salmon Ceremony with live dancing by local Native Americans and free fish-tasting all day. The Maidu Salmon Ceremony will offer Salmon Camp and demonstrations of spear fishing at Riverbend Park in Oroville. The following week, you can celebrate Native American cultural music and dancing at the Salmon Pow Wow. (530) 538-2222

Crane Viewing and Tours

(in the nearby Bay-Delta Region)

Crane Tours at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve (AKA Isenberg Crane Reserve) feature sandhill cranes, many species of waterfowl, and other wildlife. Guided tours run from October through February. You may also wish to visit the reserve on your own. The facility is open every day of the year. Cranes are only visible at the site during the fall and winter months, but many other waterfowl and wildlife, use the reserve throught the year.

Sandhill Crane Festival in Lodi

(in the nearby Bay-Delta Region)

Sandhill cranes, hawks, waders, and songbirds fill the San Joaquin and Central Valleys during the winter season. The Sandhill Crane Festival provides nature tours to see these magnificent creatures as well as wildlife demos, music and dance, workshops and speakers, family activities, and other great events. This three day festival occurs early November.