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  • 880 acres of man-made ditches, canals (burrow ponds), freshwater marshes, grassland/upland, riparian habitat. Ponds were created during the construction of I-5. The nine (9) ponds are, for the most pa...
  • The 692 acre area contains abundant wetland/riparian, wet meadow and mixed conifer forest habitats. Beaver, numerous on the area, are responsible for much of the existing wetlands. Warner Valley Creek...
  • 2,891 acres of managed marsh and valley alkali shrub. Foot access only, except for permitted hunters during waterfowl season. Beaver, coyotes, cottontails and 150 species of birds including large numb...
  • The Upper Butte Wildlife Area currently consists of three units, the 1,521 acre Llano Seco Unit, the 4,010 acre Howard Slough Unit, and the 3,762 acre Little Dry Creek Unit. The Wildlife Area is lo...

  • Tule Lake NWR, established in 1928, consists of 39,116 acres (158 km sq) of mostly open water and croplands. Approximately 17,000 acres (69 km sq) are leased by farmers under a program administered...

  • The Trinity Alps Wilderness is a 525,627-acre (2,130 km sq) designated wilderness located in northern California, roughly between Eureka and Redding. It is jointly administered by Shasta-Trinity, K...

  • Tijuana Slough Refuge is located in the most southwestern corner of the contiguous United States. It is one of southern California's largest remaining salt marshes without a road or railroad trestl...

  • The Thousand Lakes Wilderness is located within the southern portion of the Cascade Range in northeastern California. The 16,335-acre (66 km sq) wilderness was established in 1964 with the passage ...

  • 46,850 acres of grassland, oak woodland, and chaparral in rugged canyons throughout the area. This area is a winter range for black-tailed deer. Wild pigs and turkeys are also found here....
  • Like its wetland neighbors to the south, Sweetwater Marsh supports many of the same animals and plants as the Tijuana Slough and South Bay Refuges. Palmer's Frankenia, a rare salt marsh plant, can als...
  • The Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, located south of Sacramento, California, lies within the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta, the destination of thousands of migrating waterfowl, shorebirds, and ot...
  • Spenceville Wildlife Area is comprised of 11,942 acres of blue oak - gray pine woodland characteristic of the Sierra Foothills. The terrain of the area varies from 200' to 1200' elevation. The wildlif...
  • The South Warner Wilderness is a federally designated wilderness area 12 miles (19 km) east of Alturas, California, USA. It encompasses more than 70,000 acres (283 km sq) of the Warner Mountains.

  • The South Sierra Wilderness is the southernmost Forest Service-managed section of a continuous chain of wilderness areas protecting the Sierra Nevada crest from Walker Pass to Lake Tahoe. Elevations r...
  • The Snow Mountain Wilderness is a 60,076-acre (243.12 km sq) federally designated wilderness area located 65 miles (105 km) north of Santa Rosa, California, USA in the Mendocino National Forest.

  • This 1,395 acre wildlife area consists of a variety of habitats typical of the east side of the Sierra. The sagebrush-bitterbrush habitat is a critical deer winter-range area for migratory deer. Limit...
  • Sheep Mountain Wilderness is a wilderness area of 41,883 acres (169 km sq) in the Angeles National Forest located in Southern California. The US Congress passed the California Wilderness Act of 198...

  • This Wildlife Area contains 4,657 acres of Great Basin juniper woodland, riparian forest, seasonal wetlands and crop lands, with Mt. Shasta as a backdrop. Three lakes within this area provide trout fi...
  • The San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge lies along the north shore of San Pablo Bay in Sonoma, Solano, and Napa Counties in northern California. The refuge includes open bay/tidal marsh, mud fla...

  • This 38,484-acre San Mateo Canyon wilderness is located in Orange, Riverside, and San Diego Counties. The area is managed by the Trabuco Ranger District of the Cleveland National Forest. It is a place...
  • San Gorgonio Wilderness is located in the San Bernardino Mountains, 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Morongo Valley and approximately 10 miles (16 km) northwest of Palm Springs, California.

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  • The Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge is located 40 miles (64 km) north of the Mexican border at the southern end of the Salton Sea in California’s Imperial Valley

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  • The Salinas River is the largest river of the central coast of California, running 170 miles (270 km) and draining 4,160 square miles. It flows north-northwest and drains the Salinas Valley that slice...
  • Sacramento River Refuge is located along the Sacramento River in the Sacramento Valley of California. Landscape is very flat, bordered by the Sierra and Coast ranges, with intensive agriculture (ri...

  • The area is a total of 860 acres. The vegetation surrounding Red Lake is characteristic of red-fir and lodgepole-fir forest. Open slopes are dominated by sagebrush with bitterbrush and serviceberry. F...
  • The Red Buttes Wilderness is a wilderness area in Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest in the U.S. states of Oregon and California. It comprises 19,940 acres (8,070 ha), approximately 16,19...

  • 670 acres of gently sloping to steep hillsides of cottonwood riparian, blue oak woodland, and chamise chaparral natural communities. Just a few of the species supported by these habitats include Calif...
  • Point Edith Wildlife Area is located approximately 2 ½ miles east of Martinez, north of Waterfront Road. Hunting access is only by boat from Suisun Bay. Access using Hastings Slough is not allowed by...
  • Big Pine Creek is a 12.1-mile-long (19.5 km) stream in Inyo County of eastern California, in the western United States. It flows from the eastern Sierra Nevada down to the Owens Valley, where it is...

  • This wildlife area is comprised of several units totalling 4,191 acres of tidal salt marsh, mudflats, coastal oak woodlands, and coastal scrub habitats. The Petaluma River Unit is the largest remai...

  • This area consists of 917 acres of primarily riparian habitat, with cottonwood, Oregon ash, and willow dominating the overstory. Native understory species include California rose, blackberry, box elde...
  • The Marble Mountain Wilderness is a 241,744-acre (978.30 km sq) wilderness area located 60 miles (97 km) northeast of Eureka, California, USA. It is managed by the US Forest Service and is within t...

  • This 587 acre wildlife area was formerly part of Arcata Bay's extensive intertidal salt marsh and mudflats. Old tidal sloughs still meander through the land, which is periodically flooded during perio...
  • The Machesna Mountain Wilderness now contains a total of 19,882 acres and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of California. In 19...
  • 3,115 acres at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. Riparian marshland with willows and cottonwoods. Accessible only by boat.

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  • The Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is a wildlife preserve operated by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service located in the Klamath Basin along a portion of the northern Californ...

  • The western edge of this 6,134 acre wildlife area borders the Pacific Ocean. Sand dunes extending inland are covered with scattered beach grasses and other vegetation. The area encompasses Lakes Earl ...
  • The John Muir Wilderness is a wilderness area that extends along the crest of the Sierra Nevada of California, USA for 90 miles (140 km), in the Inyo and Sierra National Forests

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  • Jennie Lakes Wilderness is a protected area in the Sierra Nevada, in Tulare County, California. It is located 60 miles (97 km) east of Fresno and managed by the US Forest Service.

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  • The Inyo Mountains are a short mountain range east of the Sierra Nevada mountains in eastern California in the United States. Approximately 205,000 acres (810 km sq) of the range are designated as ...

  • North of Highway 20, on the eastern edge of Lake County, the Indian Valley/Walker Ridge Recreation Area area offers an abundance of recreational possibilities. Rolling chaparral covered hills dotted w...
  • Humboldt Bay NWR is located on Humboldt Bay on the northwest California coast. The refuge has two main purposes: to protect and enhance wetlands and bay habitats for migratory birds, especially bla...

  • Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge is located in Ventura County, in southern California. It is bordered by the Los Padres National Forest and the Sespe Condor Sanctuary to the north. The 2,471-a...
  • Hope Valley is located on the south side of Highway 88 at Blue Lakes Road....
  • 7,667 acres of sagebrush surrounding a shallow lake in the Great Basin Desert. Alkali tolerant vegetation line the banks. This wetland supports many migratory birds including tundra swans....
  • Hill Slough Wildlife Area, located in the northern part of the Suisun Marsh in Solano County, is part of a complex of Department of Fish and Game (DFG) lands that include Grizzly Island Wildlife Ar...

  • The area consists of 1,653 acres at an elevation of 7,000 - 8,000 feet. Heenan Lake is located on the west central portion of the area and covers 130 acres. Vegetation consists of Jeffrey Pine forest ...
  • This 13,314 acre wildlife area sits at approximately 5,200 feet in elevation. The land is gently sloping and all but the highest portions are dominated by sagebrush and bitterbrush. Several hundred ac...
  • This area is located within the Suisun Marsh, in Solano County. It is owned and operated by the DFG. There are approximately 7,900 acres open to hunting. Grizzly Island Wildlife Area Complex is divide...
  • People of all ages enjoy visiting the wetlands. Located approximately 60 miles north of Sacramento, Gray Lodge's diversity and location along the Pacific Flyway make it a heaven for wildlife. Surro...

  • The Granite Chief Wilderness is a 19,048 acre (77 km sq) federally designated wilderness area of the Tahoe National Forest. Created by the California Wilderness Act of 1984, it is located in the Si...

  • The Golden Trout Wilderness is a federally designated wilderness area in the Sierra Nevada, in Tulare County, California. It is located 40 miles (64 km) east of Visalia, California within Inyo Nati...

  • 2,522 acres of dense riparian overstory of valley oaks and cottonwoods, with an understory of wild grape, pipevine, and California rose. Abbott and O'Connor Lakes are within this area. Some areas are ...
  • Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge is located in Santa Cruz County, California within the Monterey Bay area. The refuge, established in 1975 to protect the endangered Santa Cruz long-toed sal...

  • The Eel River is a major river system of the northern Pacific coast of the U.S. state of California. Approximately 200 miles (320 km) long, it drains a rugged area in the California Coast Ranges be...

  • Doyle is a census-designated place in Lassen County, California. It is located 40 miles (64 km) southeast of Susanville, at an elevation of 4275 feet (1303 m). Doyle had a population of 678 at the 201...
  • The Dinkey Lakes Wilderness is a federally designated wilderness area located 45 miles (72 km) northeast of Fresno, in the state of California, USA. It comprises 30,000 acres (12,141 ha) within the...

  • The Dick Smith Wilderness is a wilderness area in the mountains of eastern Santa Barbara County, California, USA, with a portion in Ventura County. It is completely contained within the Los Padres ...

  • The Delevan National Wildlife Refuge is one of six refuges in the Sacramento Refuge Complex in the Sacramento Valley of north-central California.

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  • Daugherty Hill Unit (2,638 acres), Donovan Hill Unit (1,762 acres), and Darby Road Unit (689 acres): Rolling hills covered with blue and live oak, gray pine, ceanothus, and poison oak. ...
  • This 1,732 acre wildlife area provides ideal conditions for deer foraging and fawning. The area is mostly montane chaparral habitat dominated by sagebrush and bitterbrush. Pockets of black oak and ...

  • 6,315 acres of steep oak-grassland (Upper unit) and steep hilly grassland (Lower unit). Foot access only. Wild pigs, black-tailed deer, gray fox, 100 species of birds....
  • The Wildlife Area, totaling 731 acres, is at an elevation of 6,000 feet and consists of three units: the West Branch Unit (320 acres), the Snow Mountain Unit (169 acres), and the Snag Lake Unit (24...

  • Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge is a protected area in the Coachella Valley, located east of Palm Springs near Palm Desert, California. The refuge contains the majority of critical habita...

  • This wildlife area consists of 720 acres of pine and oak woodland, with open flats of juniper and sagebrush. This woodland is a nesting habitat for bald eagles and a winter range for black-tailed a...

  • The Castle Crags Wilderness is a 12,232-acre (49.50 km sq) wilderness area located 40 miles north of Redding, California within the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The US Congress passsd the Califo...

  • 1,870 acres of desert riparian habitat, consisting of screwbean mesquite, tamarisk, willow and cottonwood trees, saltgrass, saltbush, cattails along the Mojave River, which passes through the cente...

  • This secluded, hilly expanse of oak woodlands, grasslands, and chaparral is a combination of over 70,000 acres of BLM managed lands and 4,700 acres of State and County lands.

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  • Butte Valley is a census-designated place named for a former settlement in Butte County, California, United States. It is located 5.5 miles (8.9 km) southeast of Chico. A post office operated at Bu...

  • Butte Sink Wildlife Management Area has the highest concentration of waterfowl per acre in the world. Located in the Sacramento Valley of California, it includes the Butte Sink National Wildlife Re...

  • The Bucks Lake Wilderness is a 23,958-acre (97.0 km sq)  wilderness area located in the Plumas National Forest section of the Sierra Nevada, in northeastern California, United States.

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  • Blue Ridge National Wildlife Refuge is part of the cooperatively-managed Blue Ridge Wildlife Habitat Area, an 11,000-acre area set aside as an important roosting area located close to historic nest...

  • The Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located in the southwestern San Joaquin Valley foothills of Kern County, California. Elevations on the Refuge range from 1,600 to 4,680 feet. Purchased ...

  • This 548 acres of sagebrush covered uplands within Snowstorm Creek Canyon includes two small reservoirs, Lower Biscar and Upper Biscar, which supply water for wildlife such as pronghorn antelope. T...

  • 850 acres of open grasslands with some open stream habitat. California quail and wild pigs can be found here. East of Camp Roberts.

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  • Battle Creek is a 16.6-mile-long (26.7 km) creek located in Tehama County, California. It is a major tributary to the Sacramento River. The creek is part of a $67 million dollar Chinook salmon rest...

  • This wildlife area consists of 5,553 acres of rolling hills, mostly of sagebrush and grasslands. The area was acquired to preserve winter range for the Bass Hill sub-herd of the Doyle deer herd.

  • Ash Creek is one of the most remote, least improved, and most pristine of all of Fish and Game's Wildlife Areas. Located in the heart of Big Valley, these 14,577 acres preserve freshwater wetlands cre...
  • Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge is a sensitive sand dune habitat located near the city of Antioch, California on the south shore of the San Joaquin River. It serves as a refuge for three end...

  • The Antelope Valley California Poppy State Reserve is a state-protected reserve land located in the rural westside of the Antelope Valley in northern Los Angeles County, 15 miles (24 km) west of La...

  • The Ansel Adams Wilderness is a wilderness area in the Sierra Nevada of California, USA. The wilderness is part of the Sierra (majority of the wilderness) and Inyo National Forests. The wilderness ...

  • The Agua Tibia Research Natural Area (ATRNA), located within the wilderness, comprises 480 acres (190 ha) of Bigcone Douglas-fir – Canyon Live Oak forest. The area was set aside for the study...