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Specialty Tours

Specialty Tours Require A Separate Registration From the Independent Tour Operator

To Register and for full details please contact:

Gage’s Fly Fishing & Eco Tours
Robb Gage, Owner/Operator
Full & Half Day Bird Viewing Drift Boat Floats
Sacramento River & Feather River
(530) 990-3990
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Eagle Creek Ranch Eco Tours & Safari-style Birding Tours & Bald Eagle Viewing
Henry Lomeli, Owner/Operator
(530) 864-8594
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Gage's Ecotour: Bird-viewing Drift Boat Floats on the Sacramento & Feather Rivers

For all trips lead by Gage’s Fly Fishing & Eco Tours, guests will meet at a pre-designated location in Chico where a lead driver will check them in and escort them to the take-out point in their own cars. Transportation will be provided from there. These special float trips are all done in beautiful drift boats which are paddle-powered, smooth, safe, and quiet. All guests will be provided a Coast Guard Approved Personal Floatation Device for the duration of the float.

Trips available January 22-26 by request. Please give us a call if you’d like to get on the water early. As always, Gage’s is happy to put together a custom trip for your day out!

Feather River Low Flow: Oroville Wildlife Area

All half-day trips will be on the Low Flow of the Feather River. This float will take you through parts of the approximately 11,800-acre Oroville Wildlife Area. Abundant waterfowl, dove, quail, osprey, white-tailed kite, egrets, woodpeckers, and warblers can all be seen throughout this tributary to the Sacramento River. There are good populations of coyote, fox, bobcat, porcupine, deer, squirrel and rabbit as well.

Female long-tailed duck (old squaw) sighted in this stretch of river December 2013.

Coffee and water will be provided to guests on half-day floats. Guests are encouraged to bring their own warm layers, rain-gear (weather depending), binoculars, cameras and snacks.

Seats are available for $100 per person or reserve an entire boat for $400 (seats four.)

Sacramento River: Red Bluff to Mill Creek

All full-day floats will be on the Lower Sacramento River between Red Bluff and Mill Creek (Los Molinos.) This drift starts at the Sacramento River Discovery Center where we launch just below the historic Red Bluff Diversion Dam. Here guests will have a chance to explore the Discovery Center before we launch and enjoy some coffee and snacks in the Center’s botanical gardens.

The drift takes guests downriver along the largest contiguous section of habitat within the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge complex. The entire west side of the Sacramento River on this float is publicly owned and managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The intact and restored habitat is only accessible by boat and provides a home for many types of mammalian and avian species, including: osprey, bald eagles, deer, river otters, beaver, red-shoulder and red-tail hawks, bank and tree swallows, lots of resident and migratory song birds, and abundant waterfowl activity.

Coffee, water and a quality riverside lunch will be provided on all full-day river trips. (Please contact us if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies we need to know about.) Guests are encouraged to bring their own warm layers, rain-gear (weather depending), binoculars, cameras and snacks.

Seats are available for $125 per person or reserve an entire boat for $500 (seats four.)

Feather River, Oroville

Half-Day
      Wednesday, January 27
      7 am and 12:30 pm

Two half-day tours in the Low Flow of the Feather River through the Oroville Wildlife Area available this day. The first tour begins at 7 a.m. The second tour will begin at 12:30 p.m. These floats run about 4 hours.

Sacramento River, Red Bluff

Full Day
      Thursday, January 28th
      7:30 am – 3:30 pm

A full-day float on the Sacramento River is available for guests on this day. This float will begin in Red Bluff at 7:30 a.m. where guests will have the opportunity to tour the Discovery Center before launch. The float lasts approximately 7 hours with an hour long stop for lunch. We will take out at Mill Creek at the end of the day with plenty of time to get back to Chico to enjoy evening festival activities.

Sacramento River, Red Bluff

Full Day
      Friday, January 29th
      7:30 am – 3:3 0pm

A full-day float on the Sacramento River is available for guests on this day. This float will begin in Red Bluff at 7:30 a.m. where guests will have the opportunity to tour the Discovery Center before launch. The float lasts approximately 7 hours with an hour long stop for lunch. We will take out at Mill Creek at the end of the day with plenty of time to get back to Chico to enjoy evening festival activities.

Feather River, Oroville

Half-Day
      Saturday, January 30th
      7 am and 12:30 pm

Two half-day tours in the Low Flow of the Feather River through the Oroville Wildlife Area available this day. The first tour begins at 7 a.m. The second tour will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Feather River, Oroville

Half-Day
      Sunday, January 31st
      9 am - 1 pm

One half-day morning float will be available on this day. The trip will begin at 9 a.m. and will float through the Oroville Wildlife Area on the Low Flow of the Feather River. Guests will be off the water by 1 p.m. in time to head home.

Eagle Creek Ranch Ecotours - Safari-style Birding Tours

See Bald Eagles, Falcons, Burrowing Owls, plus lots of other bird species as you ride comfortably in the back of an open-air 4X4 safari style ranch vehicle.

Wednesday & Thursday, January 27 -28 only
      Early trip: 12:00pm 2:00pm
      Late trip: 3:00pm Dusk

Cost $85 per person