Recreation in Gridley, CA


Explore Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

With  a  back drop of the world’s smallest complete mountain range, the Sutter Buttes, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area is a photographer’s dream come true attracting more than a million ducks, 100,000 geese, and thousands of other types of bird life annually. The upper Sacramento Valley sees more waterfowl than anywhere else along this flyway, with average numbers estimated at 3.5 million.

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Hiking The Sutter Buttes

Each year The Yuba Historical Society offers several hiking trips into The Sutter Buttes.  One such energetic climb you can join is the Ridge Walker Delight Hike. It takes you to the center of the Sutter Butte volcano. While trekking to this 1,750-foot destination, hikers will view fascinating rock formations looming over the ridge like Easter Island statues.

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Wildlife Viewing

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

Managed by the California Dept. of Fish and Game, its 9,182 acres are among the most extensively used seasonal wetlands in the Pacific Flyway. More than 80 miles of roads run through the area with more than 50 miles of trails available for hikers and bicyclists. Gray Lodge is an official California Watchable Wildlife site.

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Sutter Buttes

Formed one and a half to two and a half million years ago, the Sutter Buttes are the world’s smallest complete mountain range and can be seen for miles around. Many Maidu Indian villages were once located near the Buttes, and the Indians called them the Spirit Mountains believing that their spirits went there after death.

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