Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.

Refuge Updates

New Website Coming Soon

Beginning January 2022, our website will be hosted on a new platform with a new look, so any currently bookmarked pages will no longer work. All the same content will be available just in a new format. If you have trouble finding the information you need in January, please email the refuge at:

Blue Heron Trails


Stretch your legs while getting some fresh air and listening to chattering birds at Blue Heron Trails. This free environmental education site is open to the public daily from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No dogs or pets.

Blue Heron Trails

2021/22 Waterfowl Season


Now accepting applications for the 2021/22 Waterfowl Season.

Waterfowl Hunting
Federal Land Passes

"America the Beautiful" Passes

America the Beautiful Pass

Stone Lakes NWR does not sell Federal passes. To purchase an 'America the Beautiful' federal lands pass, please visit the BLM office at: 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825, (916) 978-4400. For more information or to purchase online, visit:

America the Beautiful Passes

Delta Fish Advisory

Is My Fish Safe to Eat?


Several health advisories are in effect for the human consumption of fish from the Delta due to mercury or other toxic chemicals. Play it safe and learn the eating guidelines...

Fish Advisories

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS