A woman walking around the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Get Outdoors at the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge

If you’re looking for a vacation destination with adventures ranging from thrilling to relaxing, look no further than Sonoma. This California Wine Country town is home to a wide variety of things to do, including pampering yourself at a spa or exploring the Sonoma Bike Path. No matter what type of outing you’re looking for, you’re sure to find something that fits the bill near El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen. For an excursion that’ll surround you with stunning scenery, head to San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

What Is This California Wildlife Refuge?

Created in 1974, the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge works to protect migratory birds, endangered species, and wetland habitats. Thanks to its prime location on the Pacific Flyway, this area protects the salt marsh harvest mouse and California Ridgeway’s rail while supporting the largest wintering population of canvasbacks on the U.S west coast. The refuge features a range of ecosystems, including mud flats, open bay/tidal marsh, and managed and seasonal wetland habitats.

A Guide to Activities to Check Out

Found along the north shore of San Pablo Bay, it only takes about 20 minutes to drive from our Sonoma Square hotel to the refuge. When planning your visit, there are several activities to choose from, all of which will have you experiencing the beauty of this area. Hunting is allowed within the refuge, but you must follow requirements and regulations.


Due to its location, there are several places to fish from within the refuge in accordance with state and federal regulations. You can fish from sunrise to sunset in the open waters of San Pablo Bay and navigable sloughs, the Dickson Ranch Unit, and the Cullinan Ranch Unit. If you are fishing in either ranch unit, you can only use non-motorized crafts. 


There are several trails throughout the refuge that vary in length and difficulty. These paths include:

No matter which trail you choose, you’ll discover incredible scenery and maybe even come across an animal or two.

Experience the Beauty of California on a Sonoma Getaway

A woman eating at a Sonoma hotel restaurant after exploring the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge.Located in the heart of the historic downtown Sonoma Square, El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen is the perfect home base for any vacation. Our boutique hotel puts you close to countless attractions, like the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, while providing you with a luxurious place to call home.

With rooms ranging from double beds to kings, our range of accommodations means we can host groups of all sizes. After your day exploring, unwind with a delicious bite to eat from El Dorado Kitchen or El Dorado Cantina. To learn more about our hotel or how to save on your stay, call 707-996-3030.