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Public Uses on State & Federal Lands

California Bird Hunting

Regulations and notes in RED TEXT are new this year.

Expansion of the Lands Pass Program

  • Since the 1990’s, a Lands Pass has been required for each visitor, 16 years or older, who is not carrying a hunting or fishing license, at: Gray Lodge Wildlife Area (WA), Grizzly Island WA, Los Banos WA , San Jacinto WA, Imperial WA, and Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve.
  • No later than January 1, 2018, the Lands Pass requirement will expand to 42 wildlife areas and ecological reserves. These properties are listed (Subsections 551(w) and 630(c) of these regulations). There will also be signs about this requirement posted on the properties that are included.
  • Lands Passes can be obtained on-line at www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales/ and printed at home, by phone at (800) 565-1458, or in-person (sales agent and CDFW sales office locations at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing).
  • Purchase Lands Passes in advance of your visit. Cell/Wi- Fi may be unavailable on-site. With the exception of the Elkhorn Slough ER, Lands Passes are not sold in-person at the areas/reserves.

Mobility Impaired Hunter Requirements and Information

A number of State Wildlife Areas and National Wildlife Refuges have hunting blinds designated for use by mobility impaired hunters. A “mobility impaired hunter” is defined as any person who has been issued a Department of Motor Vehicles ‘‘Disabled License Plate”; “Permanent Parking Placard Identification Card”; “Disabled Veteran License Plate”; or valid “Mobility Impaired Disabled Persons Motor Vehicle Hunting License” (FG form 1460). The blue plastic “Disabled Parking Placard” may not be substituted for the required “Identification Card” which bears the name of the mobility impaired person. Disabled hunters must provide the registration certificate for DMV issued disabled license plates.

Disabled accessible blind sites exist at the following areas:

National Wildlife Refuges: Sacramento (3), Delevan (3), Merced (1), Kern (2), Kesterson (1). State Wildlife Areas: Gray Lodge (4), Grizzly Island (2), Imperial/Sonny Bono Salton Sea (4), Mendota (6), Los Banos (2), San Jacinto (2), Shasta Valley (1), North Grasslands Wildlife Area (2), Upper Butte Basin (5), Yolo Bypass (1). Additional areas with disabled access to assigned ponds: Colusa; and Sutter. Details regarding facilities at each location can be obtained by phoning the wildlife area you wish to visit. Disabled accessible blind sites not filled through the reservation draw conducted by the Department’s License and Revenue Branch, will be filled through an on-site lottery draw or by a disabled only first-come, first-served waiting list or line. Disabled hunters, who enter the first-come, first-served waiting list or line, may not enter any other first-come, first-served list or line, on the wildlife area or refuge for that hunt day.

Reservation System

Reservations to hunt on specified State-controlled hunting areas during the waterfowl and pheasant seasons are issued by drawing. Resident, junior and nonresident hunters with annual hunting licenses may apply. Hunters may apply as many times per season as desired but no more than once for each area for each shoot day. Season-long and multiple choice reservation applications may be submitted through the Automated License Data System online, at CDFW license sales offices and license agents. Each reservation assures entry to the area selected for the date issued. Reservations may not be transferred to another person. Refunds will not be issued for emergency area closures due to unforeseen weather or other conditions. Reservations for areas that are closed due to flooding will not be accepted at other areas. Numbered reservations will be honored in numerical order, at the time the check station starts issuing permits for the hunt day, except for Grizzly Island and Mendota Wildlife Areas, where reservations are processed in order of vehicle position. Reservation holders must be present at the time their reservation number is called.

How to Apply

Reservation applicants may purchase season-long and multiple choice applications through the Automated License Data System at Department license sales offices, license agents, or on the internet for any or every available Saturday, Sunday and/or Wednesday. To be included in the drawing, completed applications must be submitted at least 17 days before the hunt date requested.

Disabled hunters may apply for a drawing to hunt at disabled accessible hunting sites by entering the hunt code for the desired disabled accessible hunting site on their reservation application. To apply, hunters must meet the requirements to hunt at a disabled accessible hunting site. Hunters who apply for a disabled accessible hunting site at a given area may not apply for any other reservation draw for that area on that date.

Lower Sherman Island Wildlife Area

Any decoys left in the field and all blinds on the Lower Sherman Wildlife Area are available for use onsite by any hunter on a first come, first serve basis on all shoot days.

§550. General Regulations for Public Use on All Department of Fish and Wildlife Lands.

(a) All department land, except for fishing access and public access lands, is closed to visitor access and use until and unless the land is opened for a use or uses through regulations adopted by the commission in sections 550, 550.5, 551, 552, 630, and 702 of these regulations. The commission determines whether proposed designations and uses are consistent with the authorizing and reference statutes listed at the end of this section and the purposes for which the lands were acquired. Each proposed designation or use is subject to review pursuant to state and federal regulatory requirements prior to being authorized.

(b) Definitions.

(1) “Department land” is defined as:

(A) any state-owned real property over which the department has jurisdiction and management authority;

(B) real property over which the department has management authority through a current lease, memorandum of understanding, management agreement, or similar document;

(C) real property designated by the commission as a wildlife area (Section 551 of these regulations);

(D) real property designated by the commission as an ecological reserve (Section 630 of these regulations);

(E) real property held or administered by the department as a fishing access;

(F) real property held or administered by the department as a public access;

(G) real property designated by the commission as a public shooting area.

(2) “Compatible uses” is defined as visitor uses that are consistent with the purposes and management of a particular department land. Predominant compatible uses on department lands are hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, wildlife photography, environmental education and/or environmental research.

(3) “Environmental education” is defined as:

(A) department administered or sponsored interpretive programs offered to the public; or

(B) activities to increase the understanding and appreciation of wildlife and the natural environment conducted by organized youth or school groups.

(4) “Environmental research” is defined as the field study of biological, physical, or cultural processes or values with the primary purpose of improving the understanding of the natural environment.

(5) “Visitor” is defined as any person, other than a department employee or designee performing official duties, who enters department land.

(6) “Entry permit” is defined as a permit which allows entry to specified department land for department-authorized activities where general access is restricted per subsection 550(c)(2)(D). Entry permits may require payment of a fee to the department.

(7) “Hunting Pass” is defined as a proof of payment of a fee that must be presented by a visitor in order to obtain an entry permit to hunt on specified Department lands.

(8) “Lands Pass” is defined as a proof of payment of a fee for entry for authorized uses other than hunting that is required of visitors who are not carrying a valid hunting, fishing or trapping license on Department lands listed in subsections 551(w) and 630(c).

(9) “Special use” is defined as an activity, use, event or gathering on department land that is not authorized in sections 550, 551 or 630 of these regulations but which may be allowed with written authorization from the department; typically in the form of a Special Use Permit. When allowed, special uses occur on a limited basis as defined in the Special Use Permit or other authorizing document. An authorized special use on department land shall not conflict with the normal uses, purposes or management of the department land.

(10) “Reservation” is defined as a randomly drawn application that assures entry onto a wildlife area, when presented with the appropriate entry pass as specified in Section 550.5(c), if applicable.

(11) “Fishing” for the purposes of department land is defined as angling as defined in Section 1.05 of these regulations, or as taking fish on department wildlife areas using bow and arrow fishing tackle as defined in Section 1.23 of these regulations.

(12) “Hunting” for the purposes of department land is defined as the legal take (as take is defined in Fish and Game Code Section 86) of wildlife species pursuant to sections 550, 550.5, 551, 552, and 630 of these regulations, in addition to the general hunting regulations for seasons and method of take. The provisions of sections 550, 550.5, 551, 552, and 630 shall have precedence over general hunting regulations on department land where there may be differences between them.

(13) “Camping” for the purposes of department land is defined as an overnight or after-hours visitor stay which may include a vehicle, trailer, motor home, boat, tent, or any other type of vehicle or shelter.

(14) “Wildlife viewing” for the purposes of department land is defined as pedestrian use of roads or designated trails when and where authorized by the department.

(15) “Dog training” for the purposes of department land is defined as the noncommercial act of training a hunting dog to improve the dog’s performance in hunting migratory or upland game birds and retrieval of downed game, and to enhance the hunting experience.

(16) “Dog trial” for the purposes of department land is defined as an organized competitive or scored event for testing hunting dog performance.

(17) “Upland game birds” for the purpose of department land is defined as the upland game bird species listed in Fish and Game Code Section 3683.

(c) Visitor Entry and Responsibilities.

(1) Visitors are responsible for knowing and complying with all regulations pertaining to fishing, hunting, and use of department land. These regulations are incorporated by reference into and become a condition of all visitor entry, passes, entry permits, and special use permits. Failure to comply with any such regulations is a violation of this section.

(2) Visitor entry onto department land is at the discretion of the department, which may limit entry as it deems appropriate, to manage and protect fish, wildlife, native plants, habitats and other natural resources. Entry may require payment of a fee, a pass and/or an entry permit as provided in subsection 550.5(c).

(A) Visitor entry, where authorized or designated, is for activities authorized according to sections 550, 550.5, 551, 552, or 630 of these regulations. It shall be unlawful to enter or use department land without complying with the applicable sections of these regulations.

(B) All visitors shall present and show valid entry permits, season or annual passes, licenses, and all fish and game taken on department land at the checking station or upon the request of any department employee. Visitors shall return all entry permits to the checking station or point of entry upon leaving department land.

(C) Visitor entry is authorized only from sunrise to sunset except during department-authorized hunting or fishing opportunities when access to hunting and fishing sites at other times may be permitted.

(D) The department may close all or portions of department land to visitors entirely, seasonally, or to specific activities or uses, and may limit the number of visitors entering an area for safety reasons, to reduce crowding, to avoid or reduce environmental disturbance, to limit the take of species, or to protect natural or cultural resources. Designated closures and use restrictions for specific properties are provided in sections 551(for wildlife areas) and 630 (for ecological reserves) of these regulations.

1. The department may close any department land, or portion thereof, to any or all visitor use or access, without notice, by posting closed signs.

2. No visitor(s), other than those possessing written authorization from the department, shall enter or access any department land or portion thereof which is closed to visitors, including areas posted with closed signs and seasonally closed areas. This restriction does not apply to department employees or designees in the performance of official duties.

(E) On department land where entry and exit sites are designated by the department, no visitor shall enter or leave the land except at those designated sites.

(F) It shall be unlawful for a visitor to enter any department land or portion thereof where the department has restricted visitor entry without a valid entry permit or pass. Subsection 550.5(c) specifies how to obtain an entry permit or pass.

1. Where a fee is required for entry, a pass must be purchased in advance through the department’s Automated License Data System. Passes are sold by license agents, department license sales offices, or online at www.wildlife.ca.gov.

2. Where an entry permit is required for hunting, a hunting pass must be presented with photo identification at the time of entry for issuance of an entry permit. Entry permits are available and issued by the department only at the area checking station, point of entry, or by mail for successful special drawing applicants.

3. Rules regarding entry and reservation fees required for hunting on certain wildlife areas are in subsection550.5(c) and Section 702 of these regulations.

4. Where a fee is required for entry for authorized uses other than hunting, a Lands Pass must be purchased in advance. Additional rules for Lands Passes are in subsection 550.5(c) of these regulations.

(3) Daily Entry Permit Revocations, Refusals, and Ejections. Employees of the department are authorized to refuse entry or issuance of entry permits, revoke permits and/or eject any visitor from department land for violation of any regulations, drug or alcohol intoxication, disorderly conduct, or for any reason when it appears that the general safety or welfare of the property or persons thereon is threatened. The decision and duration of revocation, in such respect, of any department employee assigned management or enforcement responsibilities for the area shall be final.

(A) Visitors found to violate any such refusal, revocation or ejection may be cited and fined.

(B) Visitors affected by this subsection may appeal such actions to the commission.

(4) Penalties.

(A) A visitor’s failure to comply with sections 550, 551, 552 or 630 of these regulations may result in any or all of the following:

1. denial of permission to enter department lands;

2. revocation of any pass and/or permit already issued;

3. ejection from department lands for up to one calendar year from the date of discovery; and

4. citation or arrest under applicable provisions of the Fish and Game Code or these regulations.

(B) proceeding under any of the above provisions shall not preclude the exercise of any other remedy.

(d) Special Use Permits. Any person, group, organization, agency or company wishing to request approval of a special use, as defined in subsection 550(b)(9), on any department land shall submit a Permit Application for Special Use of Department Lands and the permit fee as specified in Section 702 of these regulations to the department. Additional regulations that apply to Special Use Permits are located in Section 550.5 of these regulations. Department review and issuance is dependent upon staffing availability. If the department determines that the requested special use can be conducted in a manner that is not in conflict with current uses, management, or purposes of the department land on which the special use is proposed, the department may issue a special use permit.

(1) The department will charge fees to recover the department’s reasonable costs to review and issue Special Use Permits.

(2) Conditions of issuance of the Special Use Permit may include a requirement to reimburse the department for any staff time or other costs related to the special use.

(3) All permittees shall observe and comply with all local, state and federal laws, regulations, requirements, terms, and conditions applicable to the special use.

(4) The Special Use Permit must be approved in writing by the department and in possession of the permittee prior to entering, and during the use of, department land.

(e) Environmental Education. Environmental education activities on department land shall be conducted only under written authorization from the regional manager or designee and coordinated with the area manager.

(1) If a purpose of the environmental education activity is to generate revenue for a person, entity or organization, the written authorization shall be in the form of a Special Use Permit.

(f) Research. Environmental research on department land shall be conducted only under written authorization from the regional manager or designee. Authorization may be given if the department determines that the environmental research and associated activities are compatible with current uses, management and purposes of the property. Conditions of approval may include, but are not limited to:

(1) proof of all necessary collecting permits;

(2) submission of written progress reports to the department;

(3) a schedule of activities and deliverables;

(4) provision of electronic copies of geospatial and all other field data and reports in a digital format specified by the department; and

(5) submission of copies of Natural Diversity Database field data forms for species tracked by the department.

(g) Protection of Resources. Except for the take of fish and/or wildlife in compliance with general and site-specific hunting and fishing regulations, or under written authorization from the department to conduct environmental research or environmental education, no visitor shall:

(1) mine or disturb geological formations, archeological, cultural or anthropological artifacts, structures, or resources;

(2) take or disturb any bird nest, or eggs thereof;

(3) cut, saw, trim, remove, or disturb any plant, mammal, fish, mollusk, crustacean, amphibian, reptile, soil, sand, gravel, rock, mineral, or any other form of plant or animal life on department land, except that non-woody vegetation may be cut and used for temporary hunting blinds; or

(4) construct or build any type of structure, including those made of vegetation (except as provided in subsection 550(g)(3)) or any other type of material, on department land except as may be specifically authorized by a Special Use Permit.

(h) Fishing. Fishing (as defined in subsection 550(b)(11)) on department land shall be allowed except as otherwise stated in subsections 551(o), 551(y) or 630(e) of these regulations, or when the area is closed according to these regulations or posted by the department with signs that prohibit entry or fishing.

(1) Fishing shall be conducted in accordance with general fishing regulations, except that it shall be limited to fishing from the shore unless boating facilities and/or areas for boats or other floating devices are designated or as allowed in subsections 551(o), 551(y) or 630(e) of these regulations.

(2) No visitor shall take fish (as defined in Fish and Game Code Section 45) from department land for commercial purposes.

(i) Regional Manager’s Authority.

(1) The regional manager or his designee shall have the authority to place temporary restrictions on visitor use of department land for the purposes of protecting public health and safety or natural resources when circumstances warrant additional restrictions, and where such restrictions are not provided in sections 550, 550.5, 551, 552, and 630 of these regulations.

(2) On state wildlife areas, the regional manager may authorize junior pheasant hunts during or outside the general pheasant season and may authorize junior turkey hunts during the regular season.

(3) For Lower Sherman Island Wildlife Area only, the Regional Manager may determine whether decoys may be left in the field.

Note: Any decoys left in the field and all blinds on Lower Sherman Island Wildlife Area are available for use onsite by any hunter on a first come, first-served basis on all shoot days.

(j) Wildlife viewing, hiking, and photography are allowed on department land except when the property or portion of the property is specifically closed.

(1) Photography, videography, or filming of any type for commercial (profit or sale) purposes on or of department land requires a Special Use Permit from the department and a permit from the California Film Commission, pursuant to Government Code section 14998.8, et seq. The department shall not authorize or issue a Special Use Permit for any commercial photography, videography, or filming of any type without a valid permit from the California Film Commission.

(k) Introduction of Species. Visitors are prohibited from releasing, introducing, or transplanting animal or plant species, including domestic or domesticated species, onto or within department land or waters without a valid permit issued by the department except as authorized for dog training in a designated area.

(l) Feeding of Wildlife. Visitors are prohibited from feeding fish or wildlife except as part of an otherwise legal activity, such as fishing in compliance with general fishing regulations, and Section 550(h).

(m) Pets. Visitors are prohibited from bringing pets, including but not limited to dogs and cats, onto department land except on a leash of less than ten feet or inside a motor vehicle, unless otherwise prohibited or restricted in subsections 551(o) or 630(h) of these regulations, or by prohibitions posted on the department land. Visitors may use dogs for hunting during an open season for an authorized species pursuant to subsection (n) of this section, unless otherwise prohibited.

(n) Use of Dogs for Hunting, Training and Dog Trials. The department may prohibit or restrict dog training, dog trials, or the use of dogs for any purpose on any department land. While in parking lots or checking stations, dogs must be leashed. While engaged in authorized hunting, training or dog trials, dogs may be off leash. On wildlife areas, while in transit between parking lots or checking stations and the areas where authorized hunting, training or dog trials take place, dogs may be off leash but must be kept within ten feet of their owner or handler. On ecological reserves, when not engaged in authorized hunting, training or dog trials, dogs must be controlled per subsection (m) of this section.

(1) Dog training is allowed only on department lands with designated dog training areas as identified in subsections 551(i) and 630(i) of these regulations and, pursuant to those subsections, may require written authorization.

(2) Dog trials are authorized on department land identified in subsection 551(i) of these regulations and require a Special Use Permit pursuant to subsection 550.5(d) of these regulations.

(3) The use of dogs for hunting mammals or training or trialing to prepare for or simulate hunting mammals on department land is subject to the provisions of Section 265 of these regulations.

(4) Additional site-specific regulations pertaining to dogs apply as specified in subsection 551(o) of these regulations.

(o) Horses, Pack Stock, and Horseback Riding. Recreational use of horses is allowed on department lands designated as wildlife areas except when the area is specifically closed or as specified in subsection 551(l) of these regulations. The recreational use of horses is prohibited on all other department lands except lands with department-designated horse trails or areas identified in subsection 630(g) of these regulations.

(p) Camping, Motorhomes, and Camp Trailers.

(1) No visitor shall camp, including on a boat, on any department land except on those wildlife areas where the department has designated campsites or camping areas, as provided in subsection 551(m) and Section 552 of these regulations. Within these wildlife areas, camping shall occur only in the department-designated campsites or areas. Camping, where authorized, may be conducted for up to seven consecutive nights and for a total of no more than fourteen nights per calendar year.

(2) The department may provide written authorization to camp outside of designated camping areas for authorized research, monitoring or management purposes. Such written authorization shall be in the immediate possession of the authorized person(s) at all times while on department land.

(3) Campers, camp trailers and motorhomes are prohibited on department lands except on those lands with department-designated camp trailer or motorhome accessible camping or parking areas.

(A) Visitors who wish to camp must register their camper, camp trailer or motorhome at the checking station or appropriate office and are limited to one camper, camp trailer or motorhome per registrant in the parking area. Utility trailers and cargo trailers are prohibited in designated camper, camp trailer and motorhome accessible camping and parking areas unless specifically authorized under a Special Use Permit.

(B) Parking areas are for visitor use only. The visitor responsible for the registered camper, camp trailer or motorhome shall show proof of use of the area within the previous seven days upon request. Failure to do so may result in citation and removal of the truck and camper, camp trailer or motorhome at the owner’s expense.

(C) Campers, camp trailers and motorhomes over 30 feet in length are prohibited on all department lands.

(D) Tow vehicles for camp trailers must be stowed in designated vehicle parking lots.

(4) Camping is prohibited on all department lands designated as ecological reserves.

(q) Fires.

(1) Except as further restricted in subsection 551(n) of these regulations, fires are restricted to portable gas stoves, charcoal briquette barbeques, or fireplaces or pits developed by the department for visitor use, within department-designated campsites or camping areas on those lands designated as wildlife areas.

(2) Visitors are prohibited from using any form of fire on other department lands, including but not limited to wildlife areas that do not include designated campsites or camping areas and those lands designated as ecological reserves.

(3) No fire shall be left unattended and all fires shall be completely extinguished by the visitor before leaving the site.

(r) Hazardous Substances. No visitor shall apply, leave, dump, bury, release or dispose of any pesticide, herbicide, or hazardous substance, material or waste in, on, or from department land.

(s) Farming or Grazing. Unauthorized farming or grazing (including but not limited to cattle, horses, sheep, goats, and hogs) and associated activities on department land are prohibited.

(t) Vandalism. No visitor shall tamper with, deface, damage, destroy or remove any property not their own when such property is located within any department land.

(u) Signs and Markers. No visitor shall tamper with, deface, damage, destroy or remove any barrier, sign, signpost, trail marker, or signboard on any department land. No visitor shall place any sign, flagging, or marking of any kind on any department land without prior written authorization from the department.

(v) Litter. It shall be unlawful to leave, deposit, drop, dump, bury, or scatter any bottles, cans, glass (including broken glass), feathers, hides, carcasses, targets, shells, casings, vegetation, earth, rock, waste, sewage, cigarettes, cigars, or other debris or trash (“refuse”) on any department land except in a receptacle or area designated for that purpose. Where no designated receptacles are provided, visitors must remove all refuse from the area.

(1) Visitors shall remove all of their personal equipment and belongings from department land daily. Failure to do so may result in unremoved items being deemed litter and disposed of.

(w) Fireworks/Explosives. No visitor shall import, possess or use fireworks, explosives or incendiary devices of any type on any department land unless authorized under permit by the department for management purposes.

(x) Possession and Use of Alcohol, Marijuana, and Controlled Substances.

(1) No visitor shall possess, use, or be under the influence of alcohol while in the field hunting. For the purpose of this section, “in the field” is defined as all areas of department land except designated parking and camping areas. Visitors under the influence of alcohol to a level determined to be unsafe may be cited and ejected per section 550(c)(3).

(2) No visitor shall possess, use, or be under the influence of marijuana on any department land. Visitors in possession of medical marijuana cards and/or other legal authorization to possess marijuana for medical purposes (per Health and Safety Code sections 11362.7 through 11362.83) may only possess marijuana in that visitor’s transport vehicle. Visitors with authorization to possess marijuana may not use it or be under its influence on department land. Visitors using or determined to be under the influence of marijuana on department land, or in possession of marijuana in violation of this section, may be cited and ejected per section 550(c)(3).

(3) No visitor shall possess, use, or be under the influence of any illicit controlled substance on any department land. Visitors possessing, using or under the influence of any illicit controlled substance on any department land may be cited and ejected per section 550(c)(3). Illicit controlled substances for purposes of this regulation are those substances where no medical authorization exists and no legal authorization allows possession for legitimate use of the substance.

(y) Motor Vehicles.

(1) Visitors are prohibited from driving or operating any motor vehicle or trailer on department lands except on designated roads.

(2) Visitors are prohibited from stopping any motor vehicle between designated parking areas to drop off passengers or hunting equipment.

(3) On department lands where auto tour routes are provided, visitors shall use any pullouts or wide spots along the route to stop and view wildlife rather than block the road for other visitors.

(4) Designated parking areas are for visitor use only. Parking motor vehicles and trailers outside of designated parking areas is prohibited except for special use or research permittees who may be authorized otherwise. Utility, flatbed, cargo, or similar trailers are prohibited on department lands except as authorized under a Special Use Permit.

(5) No visitor shall operate a motor vehicle carelessly in willful disregard of the rights or safety of others, or without due caution, or at a speed or in a manner likely to endanger any person, property, natural resources, or wildlife on department lands.

(6) Operators of motor vehicles shall not exceed 15 mph, unless otherwise posted, and shall comply with traffic and other signs posted on department lands.

(7) The use of off highway vehicles (OHV’s), all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s), motorcycles, and snowmobiles is prohibited on all department land, except where authorized and designated in subsection 551(k) of these regulations.

(z) Boats and Swimming.

(1) The department may restrict the use and operation of boats, boat motors, and floating devices (“boating”) on department lands to protect natural resources or provide for the orderly operation of compatible uses on these areas. Boating restrictions may include but are not limited to, prohibitions on use and operation or, if boating is allowed, limiting boat speeds and/or motor size and type. During the times waterfowl are present, the provisions of Section 251 of these regulations, which prohibits pursuit or shooting of birds or mammals from a motor driven vehicle (including but not limited to motorboats, airboats, or sailboats) also apply.

(2) Boats and floating devices are generally allowed on wildlife areas, except as restricted or prohibited in subsection 551(l) and Section 552 of these regulations. Boats are generally prohibited on ecological reserves except as provided in subsection 630(f) of these regulations. Where boats and/or floating devices are allowed on department land, they shall be used subject to the following regulations:

(A) no visitor shall operate a vessel carelessly in willful disregard of the rights or safety of others, or without due caution, or at a speed or in a manner likely to endanger any person, property, or wildlife;

(B) where launch sites are designated by the department, all boats must be launched and removed from those sites;

(C) any boat trailer shall remain attached to the tow vehicle and be stowed in a designated parking area;

(D) all visitors shall remove their boats or floating devices from the water or beach when instructed to do so by an employee of the department. Any peace officer may remove the boat or floating device of any visitor who has been instructed to remove it from the water or beach and fails to comply with that instruction;

(E) the use of boats or other floating devices may be restricted to certain zones designated by the department;

(F) boat speed shall not exceed five miles per hour unless otherwise posted; and

(G) any peace officer may remove any boat or floating device that is left unattended on department land or in the water in excess of 72 hours.

(3) Swimming is prohibited on department lands except where designated and authorized in subsection 630(f) of these regulations.

(aa) Aircraft. No visitor shall operate any aircraft, hovercraft, or hot air balloon within department lands except as authorized by a Special Use Permit issued by the department.

(bb) Bicycles and bike riding are prohibited on department lands except where authorized and designated in subsection 551(j), Section 552, and subsection 630(g) of these regulations.

(1) On department lands where trails or roads have been designated for bicycles, no visitor shall ride, operate, leave, or park a bicycle except on those designated areas.

(cc) Firearms, Archery, and Other Propulsive Equipment.

(1) Nothing in this section shall prohibit the lawful possession of a concealed firearm by an active peace officer listed in Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 830) of Title 3 of Part 2 of the Penal Code or a retired peace officer in lawful possession of an identification certificate issued pursuant to Penal Code Section 25455 authorizing the retired officer to carry a concealed firearm. Nor shall this section prohibit the lawful possession of a concealed firearm pursuant to a concealed carry permit issued pursuant to Penal Code Section 26150 or 26155.

(2) Possession, discharge, and use of firearms or archery equipment is prohibited on department lands except within department-designated hunting areas or shooting sites, or with a permit issued by the department, or as authorized for dog training in a designated area, or when fishing with bow and arrow tackle as defined in subsection 550(b)(11) and allowed in subsection 550(h), or when dispatching a trapped animal per subsections 465.5(g)(1) and 550(ee) of these regulations. This prohibition includes air or gas operated devices or guns and all other propulsive devices.

(3) General (Non Hunting) Uses

(A) The use of glass or porcelain targets is prohibited on all department lands. Clay targets shall be used only at designated shooting sites where their use is allowed.

(B) Designated shooting sites are open daily from sunrise to sunset unless otherwise listed in subsections 551(v) or 630(j) of these regulations.

(C) Except as otherwise provided, an adult supervised youth may possess and discharge a BB gun on any wildlife area. A BB gun is not an authorized method of take and may not be used to take wildlife on any wildlife area. A BB gun is defined as an air and/or spring-actuated rifle similar to Daisy BB gun models 96 (Timberwolf), 105 (Buck), or 1938 (Red Ryder), firing a spherical BB no larger than 0.177 inches in diameter (4.5 mm) at a muzzle velocity no greater than 350 feet per second. For the purpose of this section a youth is defined as a visitor under the age of 16.

(4) Hunting Method of Take. Where hunting is allowed, it shall be conducted in accordance with general hunting regulations and subject to sections 550, 550.5, 551, 552, and 630 of these regulations.

(A) Possession or discharge of shotguns larger than twelve gauge is prohibited on all department lands designated as Type A or Type B wildlife areas.

(B) Except for bow and arrow tackle as defined subsection 550(b)(11) and allowed in subsection 550(h), or as otherwise provided, no rifles, pellet or BB guns, combination rifle-shotguns, pistols, archery equipment, or revolvers shall be possessed in the field or discharged on any Type A or Type B wildlife areas. All legal firearms and archery equipment may be used on Type C wildlife areas unless prohibited in subsection 551(r) of these regulations. Firearms and archery equipment may be used on ecological reserves where hunting is authorized in subsection 630(d) of these regulations, subject to any restrictions therein.

(C) The use or possession of shot size larger than T in steel or BB in non-toxic (other than steel) shot is prohibited on all department lands and national wildlife refuges. On those department lands where big game species may be hunted, shotguns with slugs may be used.

(D) A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field on Type A wildlife areas during the waterfowl season unless otherwise provided for in subsection 551(o) of these regulations. Subsection 551(o) also specifies additional wildlife areas where a hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells in the field during the waterfowl season. Only those visitors possessing a valid hunting permit for that day may possess ammunition in the field.

(E) It shall be unlawful to take wildlife except in compliance with the non-toxic shot and certified nonlead projectile requirements of Section 250.1 of these regulations.

(F) Except for bow and arrow tackle defined in subsection 550(b)(11) and allowed in subsection 550(h), archery equipment shall not be used during the waterfowl and pheasant seasons on Type A or Type B wildlife areas, unless provided in subsection 551(u) of these regulations.

(G) Loaded firearms, as defined in Fish and Game Code Section 2006 or Section 25850 of the Penal Code, are prohibited in parking lots, visitor areas, checking stations, and any other facility on department lands.

(dd) Falconry.

(1) On ecological reserves, falconry is prohibited.

(2) On Type C wildlife areas, raptors may be used to take legal game in accordance with general hunting and falconry regulations.

(3) On Type A and Type B wildlife areas, raptors may be used to take legal game only from the first Saturday following the end of the waterfowl season through the end of the falconry pheasant season. Raptors may be used only on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays.

(ee) Trapping: Trapping is allowed on Type C wildlife areas, subject to furbearer and trapping provisions in sections 460 through 467 and property-specific closures or restrictions in subsections 551(o) and 551(r) of these regulations.

§550.5 Reservations, Entry Permits, Fees, Passes, and Special Use Permits.

(a) Reservations for Hunting Activities.

(1) Reservations for waterfowl and pheasant hunting are available for Type A wildlife areas for all authorized shoot days of the season. On Type B wildlife areas, reservations are required for the opening weekend of waterfowl season and may be required for the opening of pheasant season.

(A) Reservations shall be issued by random drawing. Applications are available through the Automated License Data System at license agents, department license offices and online. To find the locations of department license agents, department license offices or to apply for a reservation on-line, go to the department’s website at www.wildlife.ca.gov. Applicants must possess an annual or lifetime hunting license valid for the hunting season for which they are applying. Two-day nonresident hunting licenses shall not be used to apply for reservation drawings. To be included in a reservation drawing, applications must be received by the department through the Automated License Data System or at the address specified on the application at least 17 days prior to the hunt date. Late, incomplete, or incorrect applications will not be included in the drawing. The fee to apply for a reservation is specified in Section 702 of these regulations. The application fee is non-refundable.

(B) Unless otherwise provided in Section 551 of these regulations, the reservation system only serves to assure entry onto a wildlife area and does not necessarily constitute a method for prioritization over other users.

(C) Multiple Applications.

1. An applicant is limited to one application for each wildlife area for each authorized shoot day. Shoot days are specified under subsections 551(e), 551(o), 551(p), 551(q), 551(s), and 552(a) of these regulations.

2. The department may eliminate applications that are not in compliance with these regulations from any reservation drawing. Persons who submit more than one application for the same shoot day for the same wildlife area may be barred from hunting on department-operated areas for a period of one year following the date the department discovers the violation. Any reservation issued as a result of such improper submission, or to any person currently barred from the department-operated areas, shall be void (not valid).

(D) Unless otherwise stated on the hunting reservation or on information mailed with the reservation, each successful reservation applicant shall be granted a one-day entry permit during the waterfowl or pheasant season. The entry permit shall be issued to the successful applicant for the date and wildlife area stated on the hunting reservation upon the applicant presenting a one-day, two-day, or season pass. Verification of the successful applicant/reservation holder shall require identification per subsection 700.4(c) of these regulations. Unless otherwise provided, the reservation will expire one and one-half hours before shoot time for the date stated on the reservation. For some wildlife areas, the department will number reservations in the order in which they are drawn. These reservations will be accepted at checking stations in numerical order. The reservation holder must be present at the time the number is called in order to have priority over other, lower-priority reservations.

(E) Except as provided in subsection 550.5(a)(1)(F) or subsection 551(x) of these regulations, a reservation shall be valid for entry for up to six visitors who must hunt as a party. No more than two visitors in a hunting party may be adult hunters (18 years of age or older as of July 1 of the licensing year). Each adult may be accompanied by up to two hunters holding junior hunting licenses or two non-shooters irrespective of age, or one of each. All hunters must be in possession of a valid hunting license. Non-shooters are defined as visitors who accompany a reservation holder in the field or remain at a designated parking area. Non-shooters shall not discharge or possess ammunition or a firearm on the wildlife area.

(F) When hunting a designated hunting zone, assigned pond, or blind area, a reservation will assure entry only for the number of visitors (adult hunters, junior hunters, and/or non-shooters) that does not exceed the capacity of the designated zone, assigned pond or blind area.

(b) Reservations for Wildlife Viewing. Reservations for wildlife viewing may be available for certain department lands during peak viewing periods or when guided tours are offered. The department may limit the number of reservations available for each of these opportunities.

(c) Entry Permits, Fees, and Passes.

(1) Where the department has determined that entry permits are required per subsection 550(c)(2) of these regulations and/or that fees are necessary to offset the department’s costs of providing public recreational opportunities, an appropriate pass must first be purchased for a fee through the department’s Automated License Data System at a license agent, department license office or on the department’s website at www.wildlife.ca.gov. An entry permit will be issued only when an appropriate hunting pass is presented at the checking station or point of entry.

(2) Passes for hunting during the waterfowl season are sold as one day, two day, or Type A or Type B season hunting passes. Applicable fees are listed in subsection 702(b) of these regulations.

(3) Entry permits and hunting passes are required for waterfowl hunting on all Type A wildlife areas.

(4) Entry permits and proof of either a Type A or Type B season hunting pass are required for waterfowl hunting on all Type B wildlife areas. One or two day passes are not accepted at Type B wildlife areas.

(5) Entry permits and/or passes or special drawings may be required for hunting on Type C wildlife areas where the department has determined that restricted access is necessary per subsection 550(c) of these regulations (see subsection 551(q) of these regulations).

(6) Each visitor must have a valid entry permit in their immediate possession while on department lands that require an entry permit.

(7) Visitors with a valid junior hunting license are exempt from purchasing a daily or annual hunting pass but will only be issued an entry permit when accompanied by an adult and upon presenting a valid junior hunting license issued in that visitor’s own name. An adult is defined as a person 18 years old or older. An adult hunter or non-shooter may accompany up to two junior hunters on department lands.

(8) Any visitor 16 or 17 years of age presenting a valid junior hunting license issued in his or her own name will be issued an entry permit and may hunt independently. Hunters 16 or 17 years of age who hunt without an adult shall not be accompanied by any visitor 15 years of age or younger.

(9) Any required entry permits will be issued on a first-come, first served basis and/or by a reservation drawing to be held at a designated department office. The department shall inform the commission in writing and the public via the news media when limits imposed under this section differ substantially for a specific area from the prior year. Such notification shall include: the land affected; the time period; the reason for the limitation or closure; the number of entry permits to be issued; and the method of issuance.

(10) Entry permits are non-transferable. Forgery, duplication, alteration or fraudulent use of entry permits, passes, or processes for obtaining them, is prohibited. Any person who violates these regulations may be barred from department lands for one calendar year from the date the department discovers the violation.

(11) A Daily or Annual Lands Pass for Authorized Uses Other than Hunting (Lands Pass) is required for visitor entry on department lands listed in subsections 551(w) and 630(c) of these regulations. A Lands Pass must be purchased in advance and carried by each visitor, on their person, while on the subject property. Information about how to purchase a Lands Pass is explained in 550.5(c)(1) of these regulations. Exceptions to the Lands Pass requirements are as follows:

(A) Visitors carrying a valid California sportfishing, hunting, or trapping license issued in the visitor’s own name are not required to purchase a Lands Pass.

(B) Participants in school or organized youth group field trips, or visitors who are under 16 years of age are not required to obtain a Lands Pass.

(12) In addition to the sources listed for purchasing passes in subsection 550.5(c)(1), Lands Passes may be purchased at the Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve Visitor Center at the time of entry during business hours.

(d) Special Use Permits. Special uses, as defined in subsection 550(b)(9) of these regulations, on department lands require written authorization from the department. Such authorization will typically be in the form of a Special Use Permit (per subsections 550(d) and 550(n)(2) of these regulations). The department shall not issue Special Use Permits for activities or uses that conflict with the current uses, management or purposes of a department land, would have a significant environmental effect, or would constitute an unlawful use of state resources under Government Code Section 8314.

(1) Types of Special Use.

(A) Type 1 Special Use. A Type 1 special use is an activity that meets all of the following criteria:

1. involves 30 or fewer visitors on site;

2. involves ten or fewer (0-10) animals (such as dogs or horses) or bicycles (or other pedaled vehicles) in total;

3. does not require the use of animals, bicycles, vehicles, or large equipment outside of designated parking areas, roads, trails, or other areas authorized for visitor use; and

4. does not require use of the site for more than one calendar day during normal operating hours of the department land.

(B) Type 2 Special Use. A Type 2 special use is a hunting dog trial or testing event or activity.

(C) Type 3 Special Use. A Type 3 special use is an activity that meets any one of the following criteria:

1. involves more than 30 visitors on site;

2. involves more than ten animals or bicycles in total;

3. requires the use of animals, bicycles, vehicles, or large equipment outside of designated parking areas, roads, trails, or other areas authorized for visitor use; or

4. requires use of the site for more than one calendar day or outside of normal operating hours of the department land.

(2) Application Process for Special Use Permits.

(A) Application for a Special Use Permit shall be made on the “Permit Application for Special Use of Department Lands”, as specified in Section 702 of these regulations. Failure to disclose fund-raising or commercial activities or other information per the instructions on the application may result in a citation and fine.

(B) Applications and Special Use Permit fees shall be submitted at least 45 calendar days prior to the date of the requested activity or event to the appropriate regional office. The permit fees for Type 1, Type 2, and Type 3 Special Uses are specified in Section 702 of these regulations.

1. If a special use event or activity is entirely canceled, Type 1 and Type 2 permit fees are refundable. Type 3 permit fees are refundable until 10 calendar days prior to the scheduled start of the special use, after which the permit fee will be forfeited if the permittee cancels the special use. Cancelations prior to 10 calendar days before the start of a Type 3 special use must be provided to the area manager in writing.

2. All Special Use Permit fees are refundable if the department does not approve a special use permit application or does not have adequate staff available to review an application.

(3) Special Use Permit Application Review Process

(A) Evaluation Criteria. Criteria used to evaluate Special Use Permit applications shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

1. Will the proposed special use create a greater potential hazard or liability to the State, resources, or the public than typical operations within the department land on which the special use is proposed?;

2. Is the special use a compatible use as defined in subsection 550(b)(2)?;

3. Can the use be conducted so as not to conflict with the current uses, management or purposes of the property?;

4. Will the special use require the exclusive use of part or all of a property?;

5. Will the special use interfere with other visitors’ use of the property?;

6. Will additional department staffing or staff time be required to prepare for, monitor or assist with, or return department land to its previous condition following the special use?;

7. Will the permittee charge any fees and, if so, will the proposed fees exceed those the department charges for licenses, day use fees, or passes?;

8. Will any items, products, or services be sold?; and,

9. Has the applicant complied with the terms and conditions of any prior Special Use Permit issued by the department?.

(B) Notification of Approval of Special Use Permit. If the department intends to issue a Special Use Permit, it will provide written notification to the applicant. The notification will provide an itemized explanation of any fees, charges or deposits that need to be paid, as well as terms and conditions that need to be accepted by the applicant/permittee, in order for a Special Use Permit to be finalized and valid. Payment instructions will be included with the notification.

(C) Notification of Denial of Special Use Permit. If the department intends to deny issuance of a Special Use Permit, it shall provide written notification to the applicant that the application for a Special Use Permit is denied and include the reason(s) for the denial in the notification.

(4) Possible Costs In Addition to the Special Use Permit Fee.

(A) For department lands that normally require a fee for a Lands Pass or entry permit, the Lands Pass or entry fee will be required in addition to the Special Use Permit fee. Whether the daily use or entry fee for each special use participant will be paid directly to the department by the participants or by the permittee will be determined as part of the development of the Special Use Permit.

(B) Additional Anticipated Costs. If the regional manager or his designee determines in advance that department staff will need to conduct work outside of normal duties or hours to prepare for the special use, monitor or assist with the special use, or return department land to its previous condition following the special use, payment of the additional anticipated cost to the department will be added to the Special Use Permit fee specified in Section 702 of these regulations and required to be paid as a condition of the department issuing a Special Use Permit. The additional cost shall be based on the estimated number of hours, the job classification of state personnel required to conduct the work, and the department’s costs for employee benefits, overhead, mileage, and use of department equipment and supplies.

(C) Cleaning or Damage Deposit. Depending on the anticipated need for cleaning or repair to department property, including land, infrastructure and/or equipment, the department may charge the applicant a cleaning or damage deposit in an amount determined by the regional manager or his designee. Costs to return department property to its previous condition following the special use shall be deducted from this deposit. The regional manager or his designee shall determine whether all, a portion or none of the deposit is refunded based on department costs to clean up or repair damage.

(D) For-Profit or Fund Raising Activities. Any person, entity, or organization is prohibited from holding, sponsoring, leading, or otherwise conducting a recreational, educational, or other activity occurring wholly or partially within or on any department land for the purpose of generating revenue or fund raising without adequate compensation for the use of State resources. Unless an event is sponsored or co-sponsored by the department, payment to the department of a guaranteed minimum fee or percentage of the gross revenue of the event shall be a condition of any Special Use Permit that authorizes activities on department land that are intended to generate revenue or raise funds. The rate or amount of compensation shall be specified in the draft Special Use Permit. The criteria used to determine the rate or amount of compensation shall include, without limitation:

1. the extent of the department land to be used;

2. the duration, size and scope of the event;

3. the anticipated impact on department resources and facilities;

4. prevailing fees for comparable facilities in the locality;

5. amount and type of permittee’s equipment and materials to be used on the department land;

6. the number of people, vehicles, bicycles, and/or domestic animals on the department land because of the special use;

7. the amount of gross revenue the permittee expects to generate from the event;

8. the cost of services or time required of or by the department;

9. whether the applicant is a non-profit organization with tax-exempt status under section 501(c), Subtitle A of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code; and

10. any other considerations as appropriate.

(5) Terms and Conditions of Special Use Permits.

(A) To protect human health and safety, natural or cultural resources, or department facilities, the regional manager or his designee may impose special conditions in addition to the standard terms and conditions included in the Permit Application for Special Use of Department Lands as specified in Section 702. The department must provide notice of any special conditions as part of the notification of approval referenced in subsection 550.5(d)(3)(B) of these regulations.

(6) Acceptance of the Terms and Conditions of Special Use Permits and Payment of Fees.

(A) Type 1 or Type 2 Special Use Permit. The notification of approval for a Type 1 or Type 2 Special Use Permit will include a Special Use Permit signed by the wildlife area or ecological reserve manager and the regional manager or his designee. The Special Use Permit will include an attachment titled: Attachment B: Applicant Acceptance of Terms, Conditions and Costs as specified in Section 702. The Special Use Permit is not valid unless the permittee accepts the terms and conditions of the Special Use Permit by signing and submitting the signed original of Attachment B and the full payment of the permit fee and all other costs indicated on the permit to the appropriate regional office at least five calendar days before the beginning of the event or activity. The permittee should make and keep a copy of the signed Attachment B with the Special Use Permit. Conducting a special use event or activity without a valid permit is a violation of subsections 550(c)(2)(A) and 550.5(d)(8) of these regulations.

(B) Type 3 Special Use Permit. The notification of approval for a Type 3 Special Use Permit will include a draft permit (not valid). The draft Special Use Permit will include an attachment titled: Attachment B: Applicant Acceptance of Terms, Conditions and Costs as specified in Section 702. In order to receive a final, valid Special Use Permit, the applicant must accept the terms and conditions of the Special Use Permit by signing Attachment B, and send the signed original draft permit and the full payment of the permit fee and all other costs indicated on the permit to the appropriate regional office at least ten calendar days before the beginning of the event or activity. After the Special Use Permit is signed by the wildlife area or ecological reserve manager and the regional manager or his designee, it will be mailed back to the permittee as the valid permit. Conducting a special use event or activity without a valid permit is a violation of subsections 550(c)(2)(A) and 550.5(d)(8) of these regulations.

(7) Valid Special Use Permit. A valid Special Use Permit includes the completed application, including the permit section of the form signed by the wildlife area or ecological reserve manager and the regional manager or his designee, and any and all attachments referenced in the Special Use Permit. In order for a Special Use Permit to be valid, all costs that are required to be paid in advance, as indicated on the permit, must be paid-in-full by the permittee.

(8) Possession of Special Use Permit. The permittee or their representative shall have the valid Special Use Permit in his immediate possession and on-site during the special use and shall present it to any department employee upon request.

(9) Authorized Activities. Only the activities or uses specifically authorized in the Special Use Permit are permitted. Issuance of a Special Use Permit does not grant visitors any right to conduct activities not covered by the Special Use Permit. Conducting activities or uses not covered by the Special Use Permit shall result in revocation of the Special Use Permit, and may result in a citation and fine.

(10) Termination of Special Use Permit. The regional manager or his designee may terminate any Special Use Permit when the department deems termination necessary for human health and safety, protection of natural or cultural resources or department facilities. In addition, any Special Use Permit may be cancelled without notice in the event of a disaster or unforeseen emergency.

(11) Revocation of Special Use Permit. The regional manager or his designee may revoke a Special Use Permit and deny future Special Use Permit applications for violation of any rules or regulations of the department or conditions of a Special Use Permit.

§551. Additional Visitor Use Regulations on Department Lands Designated as Wildlife Areas.

(a) The areas listed in Section 551 have been designated by the commission as wildlife areas. All wildlife areas are maintained for the primary purposes of developing a statewide program of ecological conservation, restoration, preservation, development and management of wildlife and wildlife habitat and hunting. A legal description of the boundaries of each wildlife area is on file at the department’s headquarters, 1416 9th Street, Sacramento. Visitor use is subject to the regulations below and in sections 550 and 550.5, as well as any other sections of Title 14, CCR, and the Fish and Game Code that may apply. These regulations are incorporated by reference into and become a condition of entry and/or permits. Visitors are responsible for knowing and understanding these regulations prior to entry.

(b) Wildlife areas owned and operated by the department (Types A, B and C as defined in Section 551(e)) are as follows:

(1) Antelope Valley Wildlife Area (Sierra County) (Type C);

(2) Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Lassen and Modoc counties) (Type B);

(3) Bass Hill Wildlife Area (Lassen County), including the Egan Management Unit (Type C);

(4) Battle Creek Wildlife Area (Shasta and Tehama counties) (Type C);

(5) Big Lagoon Wildlife Area (Humboldt County) (Type C);

(6) Big Sandy Wildlife Area (Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties) (Type C);

(7) Biscar Wildlife Area (Lassen County) (Type C);

(8) Burcham and Wheeler Flats Wildlife Area (Mono County) (Type C);

(9) Buttermilk Country Wildlife Area (Inyo County) (Type C);

(10) Butte Valley Wildlife Area (Siskiyou County) (Type B);

(11) Cache Creek Wildlife Area (Lake County), including the North Fork Cache Creek and Harley Gulch management units (Type C);

(12) Camp Cady Wildlife Area (San Bernardino County) (Type C);

(13) Cantara/Ney Springs Wildlife Area (Siskiyou County) (Type C);

(14) Cartago Wildlife Area (Inyo County) (Type C);

(15) Cedar Roughs Wildlife Area (Napa County) (Type C);

(16) Cinder Flats Wildlife Area (Shasta County) (Type C);

(17) Clear Lake Wildlife Area (Lake County), including the Rodman Slough Unit (Type C);

(18) Collins Eddy Wildlife Area (Sutter and Yolo counties) (Type C);

(19) Colusa Bypass Wildlife Area (Colusa County) (Type C);

(20) Coon Hollow Wildlife Area (Butte County) (Type C);

(21) Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area (Merced County), including the Upper Cottonwood and Lower Cottonwood management units (Type C);

(22) Crescent City Marsh Wildlife Area (Del Norte County) (Type C);

(23) Crocker Meadow Wildlife Area (Plumas County) (Type C);

(24) Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area (Yuba County) (Type C);

(25) Decker Island Wildlife Area (Solano County) (Type C);

(26) Doyle Wildlife Area (Lassen County) (Type C);

(27) Dutch Flat Wildlife Area (Modoc County) (Type C);

(28) East Walker River Wildlife Area (Mono County) (Type C);

(29) Eel River Wildlife Area (Humboldt County) (Type C);

(30) Elk Creek Wetlands Wildlife Area (Del Norte County) (Type C);

(31) Elk River Wildlife Area (Humboldt County) (Type C);

(32) Fay Canyon Wildlife Area (Alpine County) (Type C);

(33) Fay Slough Wildlife Area (Humboldt County) (Type C);

(34) Feather River Wildlife Area (Sutter and Yuba counties), including the Abbott Lake, Lake of the Woods, Marysville, Morse Road, Nelson Slough, O’Connor Lakes, Shanghai Bend, and Star Bend management units (Type C);

(35) Fitzhugh Creek Wildlife Area (Modoc County) (Type C);

(36) Fremont Weir Wildlife Area (Yolo County) (Type C);

(37) French Valley Wildlife Area (Riverside County) (Type C);

(38) Grass Lake Wildlife Area (Siskiyou County) (Type C);

(39) Gray Lodge Wildlife Area (Butte and Sutter counties) (Type A);

(40) Green Creek Wildlife Area (Mono County) (Type C);

(41) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area (Solano County), including the Crescent (Type A), Gold Hills (Type B), Goodyear Slough (Type B), Grey Goose (Type C), Grizzly Island (Type A), Island Slough (Type B), Joice Island (Type A), West Family (Type B) and Garibaldi, Cordelia and Montezuma Slough management units;

(42) Hallelujah Junction Wildlife Area (Lassen and Sierra counties) (Type C);

(43) Heenan Lake Wildlife Area (Alpine County) (Type C);

(44) Hill Slough Wildlife Area (Solano County) (Type C);

(45) Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area (San Diego County) (Type C);

(46) Honey Lake Wildlife Area (Lassen County) (Type B);

(47) Hope Valley Wildlife Area (Alpine County) (Type C);

(48) Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area (Siskiyou County) (Type C);

(49) Imperial Wildlife Area (Imperial County), including the Wister Management Unit (Type A) and Finney Ramer Management Units (Type C);

(50) Indian Valley Wildlife Area (Lake County) (Type C);

(51) Kelso Peak and Old Dad Mountains Wildlife Area (San Bernardino County) (Type C);

(52) Kinsman Flat Wildlife Area (Madera County) (Type C);

(53) Knoxville Wildlife Area (Napa and Yolo counties) (Type C);

(54) Laguna Wildlife Area (Sonoma County) (Type C);

(55) Lake Berryessa Wildlife Area (Napa County) (Type C);

(56) Lake Earl Wildlife Area (Del Norte County) (Type C);

(57) Lake Sonoma Wildlife Area (Sonoma County) (Type C);

(58) Little Panoche Reservoir Wildlife Area (Fresno County) (Type C);

(59) Los Banos Wildlife Area (Merced County) (Type A);

(60) Lower Sherman Island Wildlife Area (Sacramento County) (Type C);

(61) Mad River Slough Wildlife Area (Humboldt County) (Type C);

(62) Marble Mountains Wildlife Area (San Bernardino County) (Type C);

(63) Mendota Wildlife Area (Fresno County) (Type A);

(64) Merrill’s Landing Wildlife Area (Tehama County) (Type C);

(65) Miner Slough Wildlife Area (Solano County) (Type C);

(66) Monache Meadows Wildlife Area (Tulare County) (Type C);

(67) Morro Bay Wildlife Area (San Luis Obispo County) (Type C);

(68) Moss Landing Wildlife Area (Monterey County) (Type C);

(69) Mouth of Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area (Shasta and Tehama counties) (Type C);

(70) Mud Lake Wildlife Area (Siskiyou County) (Type C);

(71) Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area (Solano, Napa, and Sonoma counties), including the American Canyon, Coon Island, Dutchman Slough, Huichica Creek, Napa River, Ringstrom Bay, Sonoma Creek, Tolay Creek, and Wingo management units (Type C); and Green Island, Southern Crossing, and White Slough management units;

(72) North Grasslands Wildlife Area (Merced and Stanislaus counties), including the China Island, Gadwall, and Salt Slough management units (Type A);

(73) O’Neill Forebay Wildlife Area (Merced County) (Type C);

(74) Oroville Wildlife Area (Butte County), including the Thermalito Afterbay Management Unit (Type C);

(75) Petaluma Marsh Wildlife Area (Marin and Sonoma counties), including the Black John Slough, Burdell, and Petaluma River management units (Type C); and Bahia, Day Island, Green Point, Novato Creek, Point Sonoma, and Rush Creek management units;

(76) Pickel Meadow Wildlife Area (Mono County) (Type C);

(77) Pine Creek Wildlife Area (Modoc County) (Type C);

(78) Point Edith Wildlife Area (Contra Costa County) (Type C);

(79) Putah Creek Wildlife Area (Solano County) (Type C);

(80) Rector Reservoir Wildlife Area (Napa County) (Type C);

(81) Red Lake Wildlife Area (Alpine County) (Type C);

(82) Rhode Island Wildlife Area (Contra Costa County) (Type C);

(83) Sacramento Bypass Wildlife Area (Yolo County) (Type C);

(84) Sacramento River Wildlife Area (Butte, Colusa, and Glenn counties) (Type C);

(85) San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area (San Diego County) (Type C);

(86) San Jacinto Wildlife Area (Riverside County), including the Davis Road Unit and the Potrero Unit (Type A);

(87) San Luis Obispo Wildlife Area (San Luis Obispo County) (Type C);

(88) San Luis Reservoir Wildlife Area (Merced County) (Type C);

(89) San Pablo Bay Wildlife Area (Marin and Sonoma counties) (Type C);

(90) Santa Rosa Wildlife Area (Riverside County) (Type C);

(91) Shasta Valley Wildlife Area (Siskiyou County) (Type B);

(92) Sheepy Ridge Wildlife Area (Siskiyou County) (Type C);

(93) Silver Creek Wildlife Area (Lassen County) (Type C);

(94) Slinkard-Little Antelope Wildlife Area (Mono County) (Type C);

(95) Smithneck Creek Wildlife Area (Sierra County) (Type C);

(96) South Fork Wildlife Area (Kern County) (Type C);

(97) South Spit Wildlife Area (Humboldt County) (Type C);

(98) Spenceville Wildlife Area (Yuba and Nevada counties) (Type C);

(99) Surprise Valley Wildlife Area (Modoc County) (Type C);

(100) Sutter Bypass Wildlife Area (Sutter County) (Type C);

(101) Tehama Wildlife Area (Tehama County) (Type C);

(102) Truckee River Wildlife Area (Placer and Nevada counties), including the Boca, Polaris, Union Ice, and West River management units (Type C);

(103) Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area (Butte and Glenn counties), including the Howard Slough, Little Dry Creek, and Llano Seco management units (Type A);

(104) Volta Wildlife Area (Merced County) (Type A);

(105) Waukell Creek Wildlife Area (Del Norte County) (Type C);

(106) Warner Valley Wildlife Area (Plumas County) (Type C);

(107) West Hilmar Wildlife Area (Merced and Stanislaus counties) (Type C);

(108) West Walker River Wildlife Area (Mono County) (Type C);

(109) White Slough Wildlife Area (San Joaquin County) (Type C);

(110) Willow Creek Wildlife Area (Lassen County) (Type B); and

(111) Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area (Yolo County) (Type A).

(c) Areas owned and operated by federal agencies where public hunting opportunities are administered by the department are listed in this subsection. Additional regulations for the areas listed in this subsection are in Section 552 of these regulations.

(1) Baldwin Lake (San Bernardino County) (Type C);

(2) Colusa National Wildlife Refuge (Colusa County) (Type A);

(3) Delevan National Wildlife Refuge (Colusa County) (Type A);

(4) Kern National Wildlife Refuge (Kern County) (Type A);

(5) Lake Berryessa Wildlife Area (Napa County) (Type C);

(6) Lake Sonoma Wildlife Area (Sonoma County) (Type C);

(7) Merced National Wildlife Refuge (Merced County) (Type A);

(8) Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge (Glenn and Colusa counties) (Type A);

(9) San Luis National Wildlife Refuge (Merced County) (Type A), including the San Luis, Kesterson, West Bear Creek, Freitas, and Blue Goose Units;

(10) Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge (Imperial County) (Type A) (operated with the Imperial Wildlife Area); and

(11) Sutter National Wildlife Refuge (Sutter County) (Type A).

(d) Areas operated by the department in cooperation with other state or federal agencies are:

(1) Clifton Court Forebay (Contra Costa County) (Type C);

(2) Little Panoche Reservoir Wildlife Area (Fresno County) (Type C);

(3) O’Neill Forebay Wildlife Area (Merced County) (Type C);

(4) Perris Reservoir State Recreation Area, area day use fee (Riverside County);

(5) Rector Reservoir Wildlife Area (Napa County) (Type C);

(6) Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge, including the La Barranca Unit, Blackberry Island Unit, Mooney Unit, Ohm Unit, Flynn Unit, Heron Island Unit, and Rio Vista Unit (Tehama County); Pine Creek Unit, Dead Man’s Reach Unit, North Llano Seco Island 1 & 2 Units, and Llano Seco Riparian Sanctuary Unit (Butte County); and McIntosh Landing North and South Units, Capay Unit, Phelan Island Unit, Jacinto Unit, Ord Unit, Ord Bend Unit, South Ord Unit, Hartley Island Unit, Sul Norte Unit, Codora Unit, Packer Unit, Afton Unit, North Drumheller Slough Unit, and Drumheller Slough Unit (Glenn County) (Type C).

(A) Additional regulations for the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge are in Section 552 of these regulations.

(7) San Luis Reservoir Wildlife Area (Merced and Santa Clara counties) (Type C); and

(8) Volta Wildlife Area (Merced County) (Type A), US Bureau of Reclamation

(e) Types of Wildlife Areas:

(1) “Type A” wildlife areas are defined as wildlife areas which have restricted hunter access during waterfowl season, and require a hunting pass to be purchased in advance and exchanged for an entry permit at the wildlife area, per subsections 550.5(c) and 702(b) of these regulations. Reservations are available per subsection 550.5(a) of these regulations during waterfowl season. Species open for hunting are waterfowl, coots, moorhens, snipe, pheasant, and dove, unless otherwise specified in subsection 551(s). Except as provided in subsection 551(p) and Section 552 of these regulations, shoot days are Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during waterfowl season, youth waterfowl hunt days authorized in Section 502 of these regulations, and daily during the September dove season only. All Type A wildlife areas are closed to hunting on Christmas Day.

(2) “Type B” wildlife areas are defined as wildlife areas which have restricted hunter access during waterfowl season and require a Type A or Type B season hunting pass to be purchased in advance and presented for an entry permit at the wildlife area, per subsection 550.5(c) and Section 702 of these regulations. Reservations are required for opening weekend per subsection 550.5(a) of these regulations. Species open for hunting include waterfowl, coots, moorhens, snipe, pheasant, and dove, unless otherwise specified in subsection 551(s). Except as provided in subsection 551(p), shoot days are Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during waterfowl season and daily during the September dove season only. All Type B wildlife areas are closed to hunting on Christmas Day, except as provided in subsection 551(o).

(3) “Type C” wildlife areas are defined as wildlife areas that, except as provided in subsections 551(q) and 551(t), are open daily for hunting all legal species and do not require the purchase of a hunting pass for entry.

(4) For Perris Reservoir State Recreation Area, the fee to obtain an entry permit for hunting shall be the day-use fee determined by the California Department of Parks and Recreation (www.parks.ca.gov).

(f) Shooting Hours:

(1) Waterfowl: Except as provided in subsections 551(p) and 551(q), waterfowl shooting hours on all wildlife areas shall be from one half-hour before sunrise to sunset (pursuant to Section 506 of these regulations).

(2) Other Species: Except as provided in subsections 551(p), 551(q), and 551(s), species other than waterfowl may be taken where authorized only during the legal shooting hours for the taking of each species as specified in sections 250.5, 310, 310.5, 352, and 474 of these regulations.

(g) Deferred Openings: When the department considers such deferral desirable to protect agricultural crops from waterfowl, it may defer opening a wildlife area to visitor access until, in the opinion of the department, the danger of crop damage in the immediate region is abated.

(h) Assigned Hunting Zones: In order to assure proper hunter dispersal and promote safety, the department may subdivide the open hunting portion of any wildlife area into zones, assign hunters to zones and/or designate where hunters shall park.

NOTE: The remainder of Section 551, Title 14, CCR includes regulations that apply only to individual wildlife areas. These regulations are organized primarily by type of public use in the following pages of this booklet. To see the same property-specific regulations organized under the name of each wildlife area, go to: www.wildlife.ca.gov/Lands/Regulations

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(i) Wildlife Areas Authorized for Dog Training and/or Dog Trials: Dog training and/or dog trials are authorized as specified below. Dog trials require a Special Use Permit. Site-specific dog training and/or trial prohibitions are identified in subsection 551(o). General rules regarding the use of dogs for hunting, training or trials are located in subsection 550(n) of these regulations.

551(i)

AREA

DOG TRAINING

DOG TRIALS

(1) Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

Allowed with written authorization from the area manager.

Allowed.

(2) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area

Allowed on the area but prohibited from March 1 through June 30, August 1 through the end of the tule elk season in September, and October 1 through the end of waterfowl season.

Allowed on the area but prohibited from March 1 through June 30, August 1 through the end of the tule elk season in September, and October 1 through the end of waterfowl season.

(3) Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area

Allowed only in the designated portion of the area from September 1 through February. Only male ring-necked pheasants, male bobwhite quail, either sex feral pigeons, and male mallard ducks may be used for dog training purposes. Release or possession of female ring-necked pheasant, female bobwhite quail, female mallard, or any other bird species is prohibited. It is unlawful to release or possess a male mallard duck without at least one wing clipped.

Not authorized.

(4) Imperial Wildlife Area

Allowed with written authorization from the area manager.

Allowed only in designated areas on the Finney-Ramer Unit.

(5) Little Panoche Reservoir Wildlife Area

Prohibited.

Allowed.

(6) Los Banos Wildlife Area

Allowed only in the designated portion of the area from the end of waterfowl season to March 31 and July 1 through September 15.

Allowed only in the designated portion of the area from the end of waterfowl season to March 31 and July 1 through September 15.

(7) Mendota Wildlife Area

Allowed only in the designated portion of the area from the end of waterfowl season to March 31.

Allowed.

(8) North Grasslands Wildlife Area

Allowed only in the designated portion of the area from the end of waterfowl season to March 31 and July 1 through September 15.

Allowed on the area but prohibited from April 1 through June 30 and September 15 through the end of waterfowl season.

(9) O’Neill Forebay Wildlife Area

Allowed.

Allowed.

(10) Oroville Wildlife Area

Allowed only in the designated portion of the area from July 1 through March 15.

Allowed only in the designated portion of the area from July 1 through March 15.

(11) San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area

Allowed only in the designated portion of the area from September 1 through the end of February.

Not authorized.

(12) San Jacinto Wildlife Area

Allowed only on the Davis Road Unit and requires written authorization from the area manager.

Allowed only on the Davis Road Unit.

(13) Spenceville Wildlife Area

Allowed only in the designated portion of the area from July 1 through March 15.

Allowed only in the designated portion of the area from July 1 through March 15.

(14) Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

Allowed with written authorization from the area manager.

Not authorized.

(j) Bicycles: Except for their use on roads or levees for transportation between parking lots and hunting areas during the waterfowl season on Type A or B wildlife areas, or as provided in this subsection, the use of bicycles by visitors is prohibited on wildlife areas (also see subsection 550(bb) of these regulations).

551(j)

AREA

BICYCLES

(1) Cache Creek Wildlife Area

Allowed only on the Harley Gulch Unit from the third Saturday in April through the third Saturday in November.

(2) Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area

Allowed only on the Daugherty Hill Unit from May 10 through September 15. Prohibited on other units.

(3) Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area

Allowed only on designated trails or routes.

(4) Oroville Wildlife Area

Allowed only on roads open to vehicles.

(5) San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area

Allowed only on designated trails or routes.

(6) San Jacinto Wildlife Area (Potrero Unit)

Allowed only on designated trails.

(7) Spenceville Wildlife Area

Allowed only on designated trails and roads.

(8) Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area

Allowed only from one week after the end of waterfowl season until two weeks prior to opening of waterfowl season.

(9) Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

Allowed only in designated areas.

(k) Off-Highway Vehicles: Except as provided in this subsection, off-highway vehicles are prohibited on wildlife areas.

(1) Eel River Wildlife Area. Off-highway vehicles are allowed only for commercially licensed anglers who are utilizing the wave-slope for fishing access.

(2) South Spit Wildlife Area. Off-highway vehicles are allowed only on the west side of South Jetty on designated access corridors and wave-slope.

(3) Tehama Wildlife Area. Off-highway vehicles are allowed only on roads open to vehicles.

(l) Wildlife Areas with Boat and/or Horse and Pack Stock Restrictions: Per subsections 550(z) and 550(o), the use of boats or horses is allowed on wildlife areas except as restricted in this subsection. See subsection 550(z) of these regulations for additional regulations about the use of boats.

551(l)

Area

BOATS

HORSES & PACK STOCK

(1) Battle Creek Wildlife Area

Prohibited

(2) Big Lagoon Wildlife Area

Speed restricted to 5 mph for motorized vessels.

(3) Butte Valley Wildlife Area

Prohibited from March 1 through September 1. Motors are prohibited.

(4) Cache Creek Wildlife Area

Allowed only on the Harley Gulch Unit from the third Saturday in April through the third Saturday in November.

(5) Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area

Prohibited.

(6) Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area

Allowed only on the Daugherty Hill unit from May 10 through September 15.

(7) Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

Allowed only on the east side from July 1 through August 31.

(8)Grizzly Island Wildlife Area

The use of boats is prohibited on all management units, except the Grey Goose Unit and the portion of the Goodyear Slough Unit to the south of Lake Herman Road and east of the eastern-most railroad tracks. Access to those two areas is by boat only. There is no foot access. Launching of boats at the Montezuma Slough unit for access to Montezuma Slough is allowed. Boats less than eight feet in length may be used to transport decoys and/or blind materials.

Allowed only during department-authorized dog trials.

(9) Hallelujah Junction Wildlife Area

Prohibited.

(10) Heenan Lake Wildlife Area

Prohibited except during controlled entry fishing events (see subsection 551(y)).

(11) Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area

Allowed only on designated trails or routes. Horse trailers are permitted within the designated parking area if space is available.

(12) Imperial Wildlife Area (Finney-Ramer Unit)

Required for waterfowl hunting. Only non-motor driven boats or boats with electric motors may be used.

(13) Imperial Wildlife Area (Wister Unit)

Only hand-portable boats that are non-motorized or use an electric motor are allowed.

(14) Laguna Wildlife Area

Prohibited.

(15) Lake Earl Wildlife Area

Motors prohibited during waterfowl season.

(16) Little Panoche Reservoir Wildlife Area

Only non-motorized boats or boats with electric motors may be used.

Allowed only during department-authorized dog trials.

(17) Mendota Wildlife Area

Allowed only during department-authorized dog trials.

(18) Mouth of Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area

Prohibited.

(19) North Grasslands Wildlife Area

Horseback riding is allowed only during department-authorized dog trials.

(20) O’Neill Forebay Wildlife Area

Allowed only during department-authorized dog trials.

(21) Oroville Wildlife Area

Motorized boats are subject to 5 mph speed limit except on the southern portion of the Thermalito Afterbay Unit (those portions of the water surface south of Highway 162), where motorized boat speeds may exceed 5 mph.

Allowed only on roads open to vehicles or within 25 feet of the exterior boundary fences. Horse drawn carriages are only allowed on roads open to vehicles.

(22) Perris Reservoir State Recreation Area

Only motorized boats may be used.

(23) Sacramento River Wildlife Area

Boat-in Only Access Units: Colusa South, Colusa North, Moulton South, Moulton North, Stegeman, Princeton South, Beehive Bend, Oxbow, Jacinto, Ord Bend, Shannon Slough, Pine Creek North, Wilson Landing, Dicus Slough, and Merrills Landing. Walk-In or Boat-In Access Units: Princeton Southeast, Princeton East, Princeton North, Site 21, Pine Creek West, Pine Creek East.

Prohibited.

(24) San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area

Allowed only on designated trails or routes.

(25) San Luis Reservoir Wildlife Area

Prohibited.

(26) Shasta Valley Wildlife Area

Only non-motorized boats or boats with electric motors may be used.

(27) South Spit Wildlife Area

Allowed only on west side of South Jetty Road.

(28) Spenceville Wildlife Area

Allowed only on designated trails and roads.

(29) Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area

Prohibited.

(30) Volta Wildlife Area (US Bureau of Reclamation Lands)

Boat trailers allowed beyond the checking station only to launch boats. Vehicles may be driven past Parking Lot 1 to launch boats.

(31) Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

No boats or flotation devices allowed.

Prohibited.

(m) Wildlife Areas with Camping, Camp Trailers and Motorhomes as a Designated Use: Unless permitted in this subsection, camping and the use of camp trailers and motorhomes are prohibited on wildlife areas. For additional rules about camping on department lands, see subsection 550(p) of these regulations.

551(m)

Area

CAMPING

(1) Antelope Valley Wildlife Area

No motorhomes or camp trailers permitted. Camping allowed only from May 1 through October 31.

(2) Ash Creek Wildlife Area

Allowed.

(3) Butte Valley Wildlife Area

Allowed.

(4) Cache Creek Wildlife Area

No motorhomes or camp trailers permitted. No camping within 1/4 mile of designated parking areas.

(5) Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area

Allowed only in the Upper Cottonwood Creek Unit parking lot.

(6) Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area

No tent camping. Overnight parking with camp trailers allowed only in designated parking lots.

(7) Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

Allowed only during waterfowl season. Camp trailers or motorhomes may be placed in the designated camp trailer area no sooner than one week before the opening of waterfowl season and must be removed from the wildlife area no later than one week after the end of the regular waterfowl season. All campers, defined as a shell or shelter made to be mounted on a pickup truck must remain attached to a registered vehicle when on the area. All camp trailers and motorhomes must be registered at the checking station within one week of placement.

(8) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area

Not allowed except with prior written authorization from the area manager during the tule elk season.

(9) Honey Lake Wildlife Area (Fleming and Dakin Units)

Allowed.

(10) Hope Valley Wildlife Area

Backpack camping allowed east of Highway 89 only.

(11) Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area

Allowed.

(12) Imperial Wildlife Area (Finney-Ramer Unit)

Allowed only in designated area at Finney Lake.

(13) Imperial Wildlife Area (Wister Unit)

Allowed only in designated area. Campers must obtain an entry permit pursuant to subsection 551(w)(3). No unattached trailers or tents allowed in the checking station parking lot.

(14) Indian Valley Wildlife Area

Camping allowed, but camp trailers and motorhomes are prohibited.

(15) Knoxville Wildlife Area

Primitive camping is allowed beyond 1/4 mile from Berryessa-Knoxville Road.

(16) Lake Sonoma Wildlife Area

Allowed only in Army Corps of Engineers-designated campgrounds.

(17) Little Panoche Reservoir Wildlife Area

Allowed only in parking lot, except during authorized dog trials when participants must adhere to conditions of Special Use Permit issued per subsection 550(n)(2) of these regulations.

(18) Los Banos Wildlife Area

Allowed only in the main office parking area, and only during waterfowl season.

(19) Mendota Wildlife Area

Allowed only in checking station parking lot, and only during waterfowl season.

(20) North Grasslands Wildlife Area

Allowed only in checking station parking lot, and only during waterfowl season.

(21) O’Neill Forebay Wildlife Area

Allowed only in parking lot, except during authorized dog trials when participants must adhere to conditions of Special Use Permit issued per subsection 550(n)(2) of these regulations.

(22) Oroville Wildlife Area

Allowed only in designated camping sites by permit issued from the Oroville CHP office at (530) 538-2700.

(23) San Luis Obispo Wildlife Area

Allowed only in the parking lot and no more than 30 vehicles are allowed without a Special Use Permit (see subsection 550(d) of these regulations).

(24) San Luis Reservoir Wildlife Area

Allowed only in parking lot.

(25) Shasta Valley Wildlife Area

Allowed.

(26) Spenceville Wildlife Area

Allowed in designated campsites from September 1 through the end of spring turkey season.

(27) Surprise Valley Wildlife Area

Allowed only in south parking area, except from April 1 through August 15 when camping is prohibited.

(28) Tehama Wildlife Area

Allowed.

(29) Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area

Allowed only in the checking station parking lots on the night before a shoot day during the waterfowl season.

(30) Volta Wildlife Area (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Lands)

Allowed only in checking station parking lot.

(n) Additional Fire Restrictions on Wildlife Areas: The fire restrictions included below are in addition to the regulations regarding fire on department lands included in subsection 550(q) of these regulations.

(1) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area

(A) Fires are prohibited except for the use of portable gas stoves in designated parking areas and sites.

(2) Hope Valley Wildlife Area

(A) Fires are prohibited except for the use of portable gas stoves.

(3) Knoxville Wildlife Area

(A) Fires are prohibited except for the use of portable gas stoves.

(4) Oroville Wildlife Area

(A) Fires are prohibited except for the use of portable gas stoves within designated campsites.

(5) Spenceville Wildlife Area

(A) Fires are prohibited except for portable gas stoves within designated campsites.

(o) Designated Closures and Restrictions on Wildlife Areas:

Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit the lawful possession of a concealed firearm as provided in subsection 550(cc)(1) of these regulations.

551(o)

Area

DESCRIPTION OF CLOSURE OR RESTRICTION

(1) Antelope Valley Wildlife Area

Closed to hunting from February 1 through June 30.

(2) Ash Creek Wildlife Area

Portions of the area may be closed to all visitor entry from March 1 through August 15.

(3) Baldwin Lake Wildlife Area

A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field.

(4) Battle Creek Wildlife Area

No hunting or possession of firearms or archery equipment. Dog training and trials are prohibited.

(5) Butte Valley Wildlife Area

Closed to boating and water-related activity from March 1 through September 1.

(6) Cache Creek Wildlife Area

The use of dogs for wild pig hunting is prohibited.

(7) Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area

Closed to hunting after the last Sunday in January to the opening of Zone A archery deer season. Dog training and trials are prohibited. The use of dogs for wild pig hunting is prohibited.

(8) Crescent City Marsh Wildlife Area

No hunting or possession of firearms or archery equipment.

(9) Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area

Closed to hunting February 1 through June 30 except for the spring turkey season when only turkeys may be hunted. Closed to all visitor entry during the first nine days of the spring turkey season except for special turkey permit holders.

(10) Eel River Wildlife Area

Portions of the area are closed to vehicle entry from March 1 through September 15. Cannibal Island Unit is closed to all visitor use from the Monday following the end of youth hunting day (subsection 502(e)(1)(B)(5) of these regulations) through April 1.

(11) Elk Creek Wetlands Wildlife Area

No hunting or possession of firearms or archery equipment.

(12) Elk River Wildlife Area

Closed to all visitor use from the Monday following the end of youth hunting day (subsection 502(e)(1)(B)(5) of these regulations) through April 1.

(13) Fay Slough Wildlife Area

Closed to all visitor use from the Monday following the end of youth hunting day (subsection 502(e)(1)(B)(5) of these regulations) through April 1.

(14) Feather River Wildlife Area

Closed to hunting February 1 through June 30 except for the spring turkey season when only turkeys may be hunted. The Shanghai Bend Unit is closed to hunting. No person shall enter that portion of the O’Connor Lakes Management Unit marked as closed to entry from March 1 through June 30.

(15) Fremont Weir Wildlife Area

Closed to hunting February 1 through June 30 except for the spring turkey season when only turkeys may be hunted.

(16) Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

Closed to all non-hunting uses from two weeks prior to opening of waterfowl season through one week after end of waterfowl season except those areas designated for wildlife viewing purposes. The west side of the area is closed to falconry. Dove hunting allowed only in designated areas.

(17) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area (Garibaldi Unit)

Closed to the public.

(18) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area (Gold Hills, Goodyear Slough, Island Slough, West Family and Grey Goose Units)

A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field during waterfowl season. Closed to all public use from the end of waterfowl season to September 30. Access to the Grey Goose Unit and the Goodyear Slough Unit to the south of Lake Herman Road and east of the eastern most railroad tracks is by boat only. Gold Hills and Island Slough units are open to hunting on Christmas Day when Christmas falls on a Saturday, Sunday or Wednesday.

(19) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area (Joice Island Unit)

Closed to public use except when permits are issued for waterfowl hunting, special wild pig hunts, and during the special season open to fishing from mid-May to mid-August (contact area headquarters for details).

(20) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area (Cordelia and Montezuma Slough units)

No hunting or possession of firearms or archery equipment.

(21) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area (Grizzly Island Unit)

Dogs are prohibited from March 1 to June 30, all of August, and during the tule elk hunting season in September. Dogs may be used to assist in the take of game which is in season, authorized by area regulations and in portions of the area open to such take. Dogs are otherwise prohibited during October and through the end of waterfowl season. Closed to uses other than hunting from the last Monday in July to the end of the Grizzly Island tule elk season and from October 1 through the end of waterfowl season.

(22) Hallelujah Junction Wildlife Area

Closed to all visitor use from February 1 through June 30. Dogs are prohibited except for hunting.

(23) Hill Slough Wildlife Area

No hunting or possession of firearms or archery equipment.

(24) Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area

Hunting is allowed in designated areas only. Closed to hunting February 1 through August 31.

(25) Honey Lake Wildlife Area (Fleming and Dakin Units)

Portions of the area may be closed to all visitor use from March 1 through August 15.

(26) Hope Valley Wildlife Area

Closed to hunting from February 1 until the opening of archery deer season.

(27) Imperial Wildlife Area (Finney Ramer Unit)

A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field during waterfowl season. Waterfowl hunting allowed only from boats and islands. Closed to hunting from February 1 through June 30.

(28) Imperial Wildlife Area (Wister Unit)

Closed to all non-hunting public uses from one week before the opening of waterfowl season through the end of waterfowl season, except for designated wildlife viewing sites and designated fishing areas.

(29) Laguna Wildlife Area

The Timber Hill, Blucher Creek, and Cooper Road units are closed to hunting. Only the wetland portions of the Occidental Road Unit associated with the Laguna de Santa Rosa are open to hunting, and hunting is allowed only when the Laguna de Santa Rosa is navigable and the wetlands are accessible by boat. Foot or terrestrial access to the Occidental Road Unit is prohibited because there is no visitor right-of-way. Dogs are prohibited from March 2 through June 30.

(30) Lake Berryessa Wildlife Area

Dogs are prohibited from February 15 through July 15.

(31) Lake Earl Wildlife Area

Bush Creek public access is closed to all visitor use from the Monday following the end of youth waterfowl hunting days (subsection 502(e)(1)(B)(5) of these regulations) through April 1. Dogs are prohibited except for hunting.

(32) Lake Sonoma Wildlife Area

Closed to hunting except through special drawings. The portion of the area posted as “Critical Habitat” is closed to all visitor use and entry from February 1 through August 1. Dogs are prohibited.

(33) Little Panoche Reservoir Wildlife Area

The use of dogs for wild pig hunting is prohibited.

(34) Los Banos Wildlife Area

Closed to all visitor use from September 15 until the opening of waterfowl season. Closed to non-hunting uses during the waterfowl season on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays. A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field during waterfowl season, except on days when only upland game may be taken, and on special “youth only” waterfowl hunt days when there shall be no restrictions on the number of shot shells taken into the field. Dogs are prohibited in the interpretive viewing area.

(35) Mad River Slough Wildlife Area

Closed to all visitor use from the Monday following the end of youth hunting days (subsection 502(e)(1)(B)(5) of these regulations) through April 1. Dogs are prohibited except for hunting.

(36) Mendota Wildlife Area

Closed to all visitor use from September 16 until the opening of waterfowl season except for the designated tour route and fishing site. Closed to non-hunting uses during the waterfowl season.

(37) Morro Bay Wildlife Area

Closed to hunting from the day after the end of waterfowl season until the opening day of brant season. A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field.

(38) Moss Landing Wildlife Area

Closed to hunting on New Year’s Day. The Salt Ponds are closed to hunting.

(39) Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area

The following units are closed to all hunting, firearms and archery use: the White Slough Unit, the Green Island Unit and the portion of the American Canyon Unit south of the PG&E lines. The Southern Crossing unit is closed to all visitor uses during restoration. Dogs are prohibited from March 2 through June 30.

(40) North Grasslands Wildlife Area

A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field during waterfowl season, except on days when only upland game may be taken and on special “youth only” waterfowl hunt days when there shall be no restrictions on the number of shot shells taken into the field.

(41) O’Neill Forebay Wildlife Area

Closed to all visitor use the day of and day after designated special apprentice pheasant hunts except for special apprentice pheasant hunt permit holders.

(42) Oroville Wildlife Area

Closed to hunting February 1 through August 31 except during the spring turkey season when only turkeys may be hunted through a special drawing. Dogs are prohibited from March 2 through June 30.

(43) Perris Reservoir State Recreation Area

Shore hunting for waterfowl, coots, and moorhens is prohibited. Upland game may be taken only in designated areas. Fishing is permitted in the designated waterfowl hunting area only on non-shoot days.

(44) Petaluma Marsh Wildlife Area

The Bahia, Day Island, Green Point, Novato Creek, Point Sonoma, and Rush Creek units are closed to hunting, firearms, and archery use. Dogs are prohibited on all units from March 2 through June 30.

(45) Putah Creek Wildlife Area

Closed to hunting February 1 until the opening weekend of Zone A deer archery season which is defined in Section 360 of these regulations.

(46) Rector Reservoir Wildlife Area

Closed to hunting from the day after spring turkey season closes to the opening of archery deer season.

(47) Red Lake Wildlife Area

Closed to hunting February 1 through August 31 except during archery deer season.

(48) Sacramento Bypass Wildlife Area

Closed to hunting February 1 through August 31.

(49) Sacramento River Wildlife Area

Closed to hunting February 1 through August 31 except during the spring turkey season when only turkeys may be hunted. Boat-in Only Access Units: Colusa South, Colusa North, Moulton South, Moulton North, Stegeman, Princeton South, Beehive Bend, Oxbow, Jacinto, Ord Bend, Shannon Slough, Pine Creek North, Wilson Landing, Dicus Slough, Merrills Landing.

(50) San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area

Closed to hunting February 1 through August 31 except during the spring turkey season when only turkeys may be hunted. D-16 general deer zone tags may not be used west of Highway S-2.

(51) San Jacinto Wildlife Area (Davis Road Unit)

Upland game (doves, pheasants, quail, snipe, and rabbits) may be taken only in designated areas. A self-issued permit, acquired on-site, is required to enter the upland game hunting area.

(52) San Jacinto Wildlife Area (Potrero Unit)

Only upland game birds and resident small game within designated areas may be taken, unless otherwise restricted or limited within the unit.

(53) San Luis Obispo Wildlife Area

Closed to all visitor uses except for the shooting area/range.

(54) San Luis Reservoir Wildlife Area

The use of dogs for wild pig hunting is prohibited. Motor vehicles are allowed in the parking lot only.

(55) Santa Rosa Wildlife Area

Closed to hunting on the portion of the area that lies within Fish and Game Refuge 4D (see Fish and Game Code Section 10837).

(56) Shasta Valley Wildlife Area

Only individuals possessing a “Type A” or Type “B” season pass and their guests (nonhunting guests or junior hunters) may enter the wildlife area on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the waterfowl season.

(57) Spenceville Wildlife Area

Closed to hunting February 1 through August 31 except during the spring turkey season when only turkeys may be hunted. Closed to all visitor entry during the first nine days of the spring turkey season except for special turkey permit holders. The posted area around the Spenceville Mine is closed to visitor entry.

(58) Sutter Bypass Wildlife Area

Those portions of the east and west levees of the area adjacent to the Sutter National Wildlife Refuge (SNWR) are closed to hunting. The west levee of the area is closed to hunting from the northern boundary of the SNWR south to Oswald/Hughes Road. The east levee of the area is closed to hunting from the northern boundary of the SNWR south to the SNWR checking station parking lot. The remaining portion of the east levee from the SNWR parking lot south to the southern boundary of the SNWR is closed to hunting pursuant to Section 625 of these regulations.

(59) Tehama Wildlife Area

The portion of the area south of Antelope Creek is closed to all visitor use and entry from the first Monday in December through the last Friday in March. The use of dogs for wild pig hunting is prohibited.

(60) Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area

Closed to all non-hunting uses from two weeks prior to opening of waterfowl season through one week after the end of waterfowl season. Dogs are prohibited except for hunting.

(61) Volta Wildlife Area (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Lands)

Closed to all visitor uses from August 15 until the opening of waterfowl season except that fishing in the Volta Wasteway Channel is allowed. Fishing is restricted to the Volta Wasteway Channel for a distance of one mile downstream from the Ingomar Grade from September 15 until the end of waterfowl season. Closed to non-hunting uses during the waterfowl season. A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field during waterfowl season, except on days when only upland game may be taken and on special “youth only” waterfowl hunt days when there shall be no restrictions on the number of shot shells taken into the field.

(62) White Slough Wildlife Area

Closed to hunting February 1 through August 31.

(63) Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

Closed to all non-hunting uses from two weeks prior to opening of waterfowl season through one week after the end of waterfowl season except those areas designated for wildlife viewing purposes. Pheasant hunting is prohibited in assigned blind areas.

(p) Type A or Type B Wildlife Areas with Shoot Day or Shooting Hours Restrictions During the Waterfowl Season:

551(p)

Area

DESCRIPTION OF RESTRICTION

(1) Butte Valley Wildlife Area

Pheasant hunting is allowed only on Sundays during pheasant season. Dove may be taken daily during the September dove season, and only on waterfowl hunt days during the late dove season.

(2) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area (Joice Island Unit)

After the department determines fall flight forecast and/or numbers in the Suisun Marsh warrant opening this unit to hunting, it will be open only on Sundays.

(3) Imperial Wildlife Area (Wister Unit)

Pheasant, quail and rabbit hunting is allowed only on Mondays and Thursdays. Dove may be taken daily during the September dove season. After the September dove season, dove may be taken only on pheasant hunt days. Snipe may be taken only on waterfowl and pheasant hunt days.

(4) Kern National Wildlife Refuge

Hunting of waterfowl, coots, moorhens and pheasants is allowed only on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Pheasant hunting is only allowed during the pheasant season. Snipe hunting is prohibited.

(5) Merced National Wildlife Refuge

Hunting for waterfowl, coots, and moorhens is allowed only on Saturdays and Wednesdays.

(6) San Jacinto Wildlife Area (Davis Road Unit)

Hunting for waterfowl, coots and moorhens is allowed only on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Pheasant hunting is allowed only on Mondays during pheasant season. All other upland game hunting is allowed only in designated areas from July 1 through January 31. A self-issued permit, acquired on-site, is required to enter the upland game hunting area.

(7) San Jacinto Wildlife Area (Potrero Unit)

Unless otherwise restricted by the department, hunting is allowed daily only for upland game birds and resident small game in designated areas. A self-issued permit, acquired on-site, is required to enter the designated hunting area.

(8) San Luis National Wildlife Refuge (Bear Creek Unit)

Entry permits must be returned to the checking station by 3:00 p.m. Hunting on the West Bear Creek portion is prohibited until the third Saturday in November.

(9) Shasta Valley Wildlife Area

Pheasant hunting is allowed only on Sundays during the pheasant season. Quail and snipe may be taken only on waterfowl hunt days. Dove may be taken daily during the September dove season, and only on waterfowl hunt days during the late dove season.

(q) Type C Wildlife Areas with Shoot Day Restrictions and/or Special Drawing Requirements: Unless identified with specific shoot days, seasonal closures or special drawing requirements below, or with closures identified in subsection 551(o), Type C wildlife areas are open daily. Information about special drawings is available at www.wildlife.ca.gov.

551(q)

AREA

DESCRIPTION OF RESTRICTION OR REQUIREMENT

(1) Baldwin Lake

Hunting is allowed only during waterfowl season and only on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Hunting is allowed only from a boat. Special draw entry permits are required for the first seven hunt days of waterfowl season.

(2) Clifton Court Forebay

Hunting is allowed only on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays and only during waterfowl season. Self-registration is required.

(3) Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area

Special draw entry permits are required for all visitor entry during the opening weekend of the Zone A general deer season. Self-registration required all other times of year.

(4) Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area

Special draw entry permits are required for the first nine days of the spring turkey season.

(5) Fay Slough Wildlife Area

Hunting is allowed only on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays and only during waterfowl season.

(6) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area (Gray Goose Unit)

Hunting is allowed only on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays and only during waterfowl season.

(7) Imperial Wildlife Area (Finney Ramer Unit)

A daily entry permit and self-registration are required. Entry permits are available at self-registration booths at Finney and Ramer lakes on a first-come, first-served basis.

(8) Laguna Wildlife Area (Occidental Road Unit)

Hunting is allowed only on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays and only during waterfowl season.

(9) Lake Berryessa Wildlife Area

Special draw entry permits are required.

(10) Lake Sonoma Wildlife Area

Hunting is only allowed during department-authorized special hunts for deer, turkey and wild pigs. Deer hunting is only allowed with a J-1 or A-25 deer tag available through the big game drawing.

(11) Little Panoche Reservoir Wildlife Area

Self-registration is required on site.

(12) Morro Bay Wildlife Area

Shooting hours are from 7:00 a.m. until sunset.

(13) Moss Landing Wildlife Area

Hunting is allowed only on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays and only during waterfowl season. Closed to hunting on New Year’s Day.

(14) Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area

Hunting is allowed only on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during open season for authorized species except that dove and rabbits may be hunted daily during the September dove season.

(15) O’Neill Forebay Wildlife Area

Self-registration is required at the parking lot except for junior pheasant hunts and the day following junior hunts when entry is controlled through special drawings.

(16) Oroville Wildlife Area

Special draw entry permits are required for the spring turkey season.

(17) Perris Reservoir

Hunting for waterfowl is allowed until noon on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Hunting is allowed daily for upland game from the first Saturday after Labor Day through January 31.

(18) San Luis Reservoir Wildlife Area

Special draw entry permits are required for all visitor entry during the opening weekend of the Zone A deer season. Self-registration is required at the parking lot on Dinosaur Point Road at all other times of year.

(19) San Pablo Bay Wildlife Area

Blinds shall be available on a first come-first served basis.

(20) Spenceville Wildlife Area

Special draw entry permits are required for the first nine days of the spring turkey season.

(r) Firearm Restrictions on Type C Wildlife Areas: The regulations in this subsection are in addition to the regulations regarding firearms in subsection 550(cc) of these regulations. The restrictions in this subsection do not prohibit the lawful possession of a concealed firearm as provided in subsection 550(cc)(1) of these regulations.

551(r)

AREA

DESCRIPTION OF RESTRICTION

(1) Baldwin Lake

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(2) Bass Hill Wildlife Area

Only shotguns, archery equipment, or muzzle loaders may be used on the Egan Management Unit.

(3) Battle Creek Wildlife Area

All firearms and archery equipment are prohibited.

(4) Big Sandy Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(5) Clifton Court Forebay

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(6) Collins Eddy Wildlife Area

Rifles, pistols, and archery equipment are prohibited.

(7) Colusa Bypass Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(8) Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area (Lower Cottonwood Creek Unit)

Only shotguns and archery equipment may be used. Only archery equipment may be used from the start of the Zone A archery deer season until the start of Zone A general deer season.

(9) Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area (Upper Cottonwood Creek Unit)

Firearms may be used or possessed only from the opening of the Zone A general deer season through the last Sunday in January. Only archery equipment may be used from the start of the Zone A archery deer season until the start of the Zone A general deer season.

(10) Crescent City Marsh Wildlife Area

All firearms and archery equipment are prohibited.

(11) Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area

During spring turkey season, only shotguns, archery equipment, and air rifles firing pellets of a minimum 0.177 caliber and powered by compressed air or gas may be used.

(12) Decker Island Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(13) Eel River Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(14) Elk Creek Wetlands Wildlife Area

All firearms and archery equipment are prohibited.

(15) Elk River Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(16) Fay Slough Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(17) Feather River Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(18) Fremont Weir Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(19) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area (Grey Goose Unit)

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(20) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area (Cordelia and Montezuma Slough Units)

All firearms and archery equipment are prohibited.

(21) Hill Slough Wildlife Area

All firearms and archery equipment are prohibited.

(22) Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(23) Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area

During spring turkey season only shotguns and archery equipment may be used.

(24) Imperial Wildlife Area (Finney-Ramer Unit)

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(25) Kinsman Flat Wildlife Area

During spring turkey season only shotguns and archery equipment may be used.

(26) Laguna Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(27) Lake Berryessa Wildlife Area

Firearms are allowed only for special hunts.

(28) Lake Earl Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited. Possession of firearms or archery equipment for waterfowl hunting is permitted only during waterfowl season and only within the first 100 feet inland from the shoreline and on the water surface of Lake Earl and Lake Tolowa.

(29) Lake Sonoma Wildlife Area

Firearms are allowed only for special hunts.

(30) Little Panoche Reservoir Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(31) Lower Sherman Island Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(32) Mad River Slough Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(33) Miner Slough Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(34) Morro Bay Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(35) Moss Landing Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(36) Mouth of Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(37) Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited. All firearms and archery equipment are prohibited on the White Slough Unit, the Green Island Unit and the portion of the American Canyon Unit that is south of the PG&E lines.

(38) O’Neill Forebay Wildlife Area

Rifles, pistols, and shotgun slugs are prohibited.

(39) Oroville Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited except at the portion of the area designated as a shooting range.

(40) Perris Reservoir

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(41) Petaluma Marsh Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited. All firearms and archery equipment are prohibited on the Bahia, Day Island, Green Point, Novato Creek, Point Sonoma, and Rush Creek units.

(42) Point Edith Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(43) Rhode Island Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(44) Sacramento Bypass Wildlife Area

Rifles, pistols, and archery equipment are prohibited. Buckshot and slugs are prohibited.

(45) Sacramento River Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(46) San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited in designated areas.

(47) San Luis Reservoir Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(48) San Pablo Bay Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(49) Santa Rosa Wildlife Area

All firearms, archery equipment, air and gas guns, spear guns, and other propulsive devices are prohibited on the portion of the area that lies within Fish and Game Refuge 4D (see Fish and Game Code Section 10837).

(50) South Spit Wildlife Area

Rifles, pistols, and archery equipment are prohibited.

(51) Sutter Bypass Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(52) Truckee River Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(53) West Hilmar Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(54) White Slough Wildlife Area

Rifles and pistols are prohibited. All firearms and archery equipment are prohibited in the portion of the area designated as Pond 9.

(s) Additional Hunter Opportunities on Type A and Type B Wildlife Areas: Information about the special drawings and big game drawings referred to in this subsection is available at www.wildlife.ca.gov.

551(s)

Area

SPECIES

HUNT REQUIREMENTS

(1) Ash Creek Wildlife Area

Pronghorn antelope

Allowed only with an Apprentice Zone 5 – Big Valley tag available through the big game drawing.

(2) Butte Valley Wildlife Area

Pronghorn antelope

Allowed only with an apprentice tag available through the big game drawing.

(3) Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

Deer

Allowed only with a G-12 deer tag available through the big game drawing.

(4) Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

Pheasant

Pheasant hunting open daily for the first nine days of the pheasant season and on waterfowl hunt days for the remainder of the pheasant season.

(5) Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

Quail and Rabbit

Allowed only on pheasant hunt days.

(6) Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

Turkey

Allowed only through a special drawing during the spring season.

(7) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area

Pheasant

Pheasant hunting open daily for the first twelve days of the pheasant season and on waterfowl hunt days for the remainder of the pheasant season.

(8) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area

Tule elk

Allowed only with an elk tag available through the big game drawing. Methods of take for big game are authorized per Section 353 of these regulations.

(9) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area (Crescent and Grizzly Island units)

Rabbits

Allowed daily in July and on pheasant hunt days.

(10) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area

Wild Pigs

Allowed only with a tag obtained through a special drawing. Only shotguns with slugs and archery equipment are authorized. Rifles and pistols are prohibited.

(11) Honey Lake Wildlife Area

Quail and rabbit

Allowed only on waterfowl shoot days that occur during the pheasant season.

(12) Imperial Wildlife Area

Quail

Allowed only on pheasant hunt days.

(13) Imperial Wildlife Area (Wister Unit)

Rabbits

Allowed daily during the rabbit season except during the waterfowl season, when rabbits may be taken only on pheasant hunt days.

(14) Imperial Wildlife Area (Wister Unit)

Raccoons

Allowed daily from August 1 through one week before opening of waterfowl season.

(15) Los Banos Wildlife Area

Pheasant

Pheasant hunting is open daily for the first nine days of the pheasant season, on waterfowl hunt days for the remainder of the pheasant season and on the day after Thanksgiving.

(16) Los Banos Wildlife Area

Raccoons and rabbits

Self-registration is required. Raccoons may not be taken during waterfowl season.

(17) Mendota Wildlife Area

Pheasant

Pheasant hunting is open daily for the first nine days of the pheasant season, on waterfowl hunt days for the remainder of the pheasant season and on the day after Thanksgiving.

(18) Mendota Wildlife Area

Raccoons, rabbits, and crows

Self-registration is required. Raccoons may not be taken during waterfowl season.

(19) North Grasslands Wildlife Area

Pheasant

Pheasant hunting is open daily for the first nine days of the pheasant season, on waterfowl hunt days for the remainder of the pheasant season and on the day after Thanksgiving.

(20) North Grasslands Wildlife Area

Raccoons and rabbits

Self-registration required. Raccoons may not be taken during waterfowl season. Rabbits may be hunted daily from July 1 through September 15 and from the day after the end of waterfowl season until the end of the rabbit season. During the waterfowl season, rabbit hunting is allowed only on waterfowl and pheasant hunt days.

(21) Shasta Valley Wildlife Area

Quail

Self-register at area. Quail shoot days are limited to waterfowl shoot days only.

(22) Tehama Wildlife Area

Deer

During the G-1 deer season, only persons with department issued entry permits may enter.

(23) Tehama Wildlife Area

Deer

Allowed only with a J-3 apprentice tag available through the big game drawing.

(24) Tehama Wildlife Area

Wild Pigs

Allowed only with a tag obtained through a special drawing. No dogs permitted.

(25) Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area

Rabbits

Allowed only during the September dove season, and on waterfowl or pheasant hunt days during the late dove season.

(26) Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area (Little Dry Creek Unit)

Deer

Allowed only with a J-9 apprentice tag available through the big game drawing.

(27) Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area

Pheasant

Pheasant hunting is open daily for the first five days of the pheasant season and on waterfowl hunt days for the remainder of the pheasant season.

(28) Volta Wildlife Area

Rabbits

Allowed except during waterfowl season. Self-registration required.

(29) Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

Pheasant

Pheasant hunting is open daily for the first nine days of the pheasant season and on waterfowl hunt days for the remainder of the pheasant season.

(t) Species Restrictions for Hunting on Type C Wildlife Areas: Only the species listed for each of the wildlife areas in the table below may be hunted on those areas.

551(t)

Area

SPECIES

(1) Baldwin Lake Wildlife Area

Waterfowl, coots, and moorhens only.

(2) Clifton Court Forebay

Waterfowl, coots, and moorhens only.

(3) Collins Eddy Wildlife Area

Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, and upland game only.

(4) Eel River Wildlife Area

Waterfowl, coots, snipe, and pheasant only.

(5) Elk River Wildlife Area

Waterfowl, coots, and snipe only.

(6) Fay Slough Wildlife Area

Waterfowl, coots, and snipe only.

(7) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area (Grey Goose Unit)

Waterfowl, snipe, coots, moorhens, and pheasants only on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays and only during open seasons.

(8) Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area

Crow, coyote, upland game birds, and resident small game only.

(9) Laguna Wildlife Area

Waterfowl, coots, and moorhens only.

(10) Lake Earl Wildlife Area

Waterfowl, coots, snipe, and moorhens only.

(11) Lake Sonoma Wildlife Area

Deer, wild pigs, and turkeys only. May require a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

(12) Lower Sherman Island Wildlife Area

Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, pheasant, dove, and rabbits only.

(13) Mad River Slough Wildlife Area

Waterfowl, coots, and snipe only.

(14) Miner Slough Wildlife Area

Waterfowl only.

(15) Moss Landing Wildlife Area

Waterfowl, coots, and moorhens only.

(16) Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area

Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, snipe, rabbits, quail, pheasants, and dove only.

(17) O’Neill Forebay Wildlife Area

Waterfowl, pheasants, quail, dove, rabbits, and crows only.

(18) Perris Reservoir

Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, dove, pheasants, quail, and rabbits only.

(19) Petaluma Marsh Wildlife Area

Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, and rabbits only.

(20) Point Edith Wildlife Area

Waterfowl, coots, and moorhens only.

(21) Rhode Island Wildlife Area

Waterfowl, coots, and moorhens only.

(22) Sacramento Bypass Wildlife Area

All legal species except big game.

(23) San Pablo Bay Wildlife Area

Waterfowl, coots, and moorhens only.

(24) Santa Rosa Wildlife Area

Deer, rabbits, and quail only.

(25) South Spit Wildlife Area

Waterfowl, coots, and snipe only.

(26) West Hilmar Wildlife Area

Waterfowl, quail, doves, pheasants, and rabbits only.

(27) White Slough Wildlife Area

Waterfowl, pheasants, quail, and dove only.

(u) Type A Wildlife Areas Which Allow Archery Equipment During Waterfowl and Pheasant Season per subsection 550(cc)(4):

(1) Los Banos Wildlife Area

(v) Shooting Areas. This subsection identifies wildlife areas, pursuant to subsection 550(cc) of these regulations, with designated shooting areas (i.e., ranges) and additional regulations for each designated shooting area:

(1) Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit the lawful possession of a concealed firearm as provided in subsection 550(cc)(1) of these regulations.

(2) Oroville Wildlife Area

(A) All legal firearms and archery equipment may be possessed and discharged at the target practice area, which is open year-round. Only paper and clay targets may be used and must be removed by the user when leaving the area.

(3) San Luis Obispo Wildlife Area

(A) No person shall enter the San Luis Obispo Wildlife Area except that portion of the area designated as a public shooting facility under supervision of the authorized rangemaster or with written authorization from the department.

(B) No firearms or other propulsive devices of any kind may be possessed or discharged except at the designated public shooting facility under the direction and control of the authorized rangemaster.

(C) The public shooting facility is open Wednesday through Monday, from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour before sunset, except for the lighted ranges which are open from one-half hour before sunrise until 10:00 p.m.

(D) Daily range fees are required and to be paid at the facility.

(E) Alcoholic beverages may not be possessed or consumed on any part of the San Luis Obispo Wildlife Area by any authorized rangemaster, or by any person who discharges or attempts to discharge a firearm or propulsive device, or shoot an arrow.

(F) Full metal jacket bullets are not allowed.

(4) Spenceville Wildlife Area

(A) All legal firearms and archery equipment may be possessed and discharged at the target practice area, which is open year-round. Only paper and clay targets may be used and must be removed by the user when leaving the area.

Note: Currently, five of the wildlife areas listed in subsection 551(w) require the Lands Passes as described below: Gray Lodge, Grizzly Island, Los Banos, San Jacinto and Imperial. By January 2018, all areas listed in subsection 551(w), except as noted below, will implement this requirement.

(w) Wildlife Areas That Require a Daily or Annual Lands Pass for Authorized Uses Other than Hunting (Lands Pass): Pursuant to subsection 550(c) and 550.5(c) of these regulations, it shall be unlawful for a visitor to enter any wildlife area, or portion thereof listed in this section, without carrying a valid Lands Pass or a valid hunting, fishing or trapping license on their person. A Lands Pass must be purchased in advance. Information on how to purchase a Lands Pass and exceptions to this requirement are provided in subsection 550.5(c).

(1) Ash Creek Wildlife Area

(2) Bass Hill Wildlife Area

(3) Battle Creek Wildlife Area

(4) Butte Valley Wildlife Area

(5) Cache Creek Wildlife Area (Note: Lands Pass implementation delayed for this location.)

(6) Crescent City Marsh Wildlife Area

(7) Eel River Wildlife Area

(8) Elk Creek Wetlands Wildlife Area

(9) Elk River Wildlife Area

(10) Fay Slough Wildlife Area

(11) Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

(12) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area

(13) Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area

(14) Honey Lake Wildlife Area

(15) Hope Valley Wildlife Area

(16) Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area

(17) Imperial Wildlife Area (Wister and Finney-Ramer units)

(18) Lake Earl Wildlife Area

(19) Los Banos Wildlife Area

(20) Mad River Slough Wildlife Area

(21) Mendota Wildlife Area

(22) Mouth of Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area

(23) Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area (Green Island Unit)

(24) North Grasslands Wildlife Area

(25) San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area

(26) San Jacinto Wildlife Area

(27) Shasta Valley Wildlife Area

(28) South Spit Wildlife Area

(29) Tehama Wildlife Area

(30) Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area

(31) Volta Wildlife Area

(32) Willow Creek Wildlife Area

(33) Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

(x) Additional Waterfowl Reservation Regulations:

551(x)

AREA

NUMBER OF HUNTERS PER RESERVATION

RESERVATION EXPIRES

(1) Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

Four persons, but not more than two junior hunters or non-shooters.

One hour before shoot time.

(2) Delevan National Wildlife Refuge

Four persons, but not more than two junior hunters or non-shooters.

One hour before shoot time.

(3) Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

Two adults; each adult hunter may bring up to two junior hunters or two non-shooters or one of each.

One and one-half hours before shoot time.

(4) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area

Two adults; each adult hunter may bring up to two junior hunters or two non-shooters or one of each. Reservation numbers are not used at Grizzly Island to determine the order in which entry permits are issued.

One hour before shoot time.

(5) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area (Joice Island Unit)

Two adults; each adult hunter may bring up to two junior hunters or two non-shooters or one of each.

One hour before shoot time.

(6) Imperial Wildlife Area (Wister Unit)

Six people, but no more than four adults. Blinds at the Union Tract and Hazard Unit are limited to four individuals. Waterfowl hunters must hunt from within 100 yards of assigned blind sites.

One and one-half hours before shoot time.

(7) Kern National Wildlife Refuge

Two adults; each adult hunter may bring up to two junior hunters or two non-shooters or one of each but may not exceed capacity of spaced blinds.

One and one-half hours before shoot time.

(8) Los Banos Wildlife Area

Blinds – Two persons. Free roam – Two adults; each adult hunter may bring up to two junior hunters or two non-shooters or one of each.

One hour before shoot time.

(9) Mendota Wildlife Area

Two adults; each adult hunter may bring up to two junior hunters or two non-shooters or one of each.

One hour before shoot time.

(10) Merced National Wildlife Refuge

Two persons in the two-person blinds, three persons in the three-person blinds (from 1 to 3 three-person blinds available).

One and one-half hours before shoot time.

(11) North Grasslands Wildlife Area (China Island Unit)

Two adults; each adult hunter may bring up to two junior hunters or two non-shooters or one of each. Check in at the Kesterson Unit.

One and one-half hours before shoot time.

(12) North Grasslands Wildlife Area (Gadwall Unit)

Two adults; each adult hunter may bring up to two junior hunters or two non-shooters or one of each. Check in at the Salt Slough Unit.

One and one-half hours before shoot time.

(13) North Grasslands Wildlife Area (Salt Slough Unit)

Free roam – two adults; each adult may bring up to two junior hunters or two non-shooters or one of each. Zone 13 – Four blinds; up to four persons per blind. Field 50 – One disabled access blind; up to three persons. One general blind – up to three persons.

One hour before shoot time.

(14) Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Four persons, but not more than two junior hunters or non-shooters.

One and one-half hours before shoot time.

(15) San Jacinto Wildlife Area

Two adults and two junior hunters.

3:00 a.m. or until last reservation is called.

(16) San Luis National Wildlife Refuge (Bear Creek Unit)

Two adults; each adult hunter may bring up to two junior hunters or two non-shooters or one of each. For East Bear Creek, three persons per reservation. Check in at the Salt Slough Unit.

One and one-half hours before shoot time.

(17) San Luis National Wildlife Refuge (Blue Goose Unit)

Three persons in the three-person blinds. Two persons in the two-person blinds.

One and one-half hours before shoot time.

(18) San Luis National Wildlife Refuge (Freitas North Unit)

One boat with up to four people. Check in at Kesterson Unit.

3:00 a.m.

(19) San Luis National Wildlife Refuge (Freitas South Unit)

One boat with up to four people. Check in at Salt Slough Unit.

3:00 a.m.

(20) San Luis National Wildlife Refuge (Kesterson Unit)

Three persons in the three-person blinds (16 blinds). Two persons in the two-person blinds (15 blinds).

One and one-half hours before shoot time.

(21) San Luis National Wildlife Refuge (San Luis Unit)

Blinds – Two persons in the two person blinds, three persons in the three person blinds. Free roam – two adults; each adult hunter may bring up two junior hunters or two non-shooters or one of each.

One hour before shoot time.

(22) Sutter National Wildlife Refuge

Four persons, but not more than two junior hunters or non-shooters.

One hour before shoot time.

(23) Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area (Howard Slough Unit)

Up to three hunters.

One hour before shoot time.

(24) Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area (Little Dry Creek Unit)

Up to three persons.

One hour before shoot time.

(25) Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area (Llano Seco Unit)

Up to three persons.

One and one-half hours before shoot time.

(26) Volta Wildlife Area

Two adults; each adult hunter may bring up to two junior hunters or two non-shooters or one of each.

One hour before shoot time.

(27) Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

Blinds – up to four hunters. Free roam – two adults; each adult hunter may bring up to two junior hunters or two non-shooters or one of each.

One and one-half hours before shoot time.

(y) Fishing Regulations on Wildlife Areas pursuant to subsections 550(c)(2)(C) and 550(h) of these regulations: The property-specific fishing regulations in this subsection are in addition to the general regulations regarding fishing and the hours of operation of department lands located in Section 550 of these regulations.

(1) Grizzly Island Wildlife Area (Montezuma Slough Unit)

(A) Fishing access along Montezuma Slough is open all year, no hour restrictions.

(2) Heenan Lake Wildlife Area

(A) Only boats propelled by oars or electric motors may be used.

(z) Woodcutting. Woodcutting is prohibited on all department lands except as provided in this subsection. Where permitted, woodcutting requires written authorization from the regional manager or his designee and may occur only between September 16 and February 28 on the following areas:

(1) Eel River Wildlife Area

(2) South Spit Wildlife Area

§552. Public Use Regulations for National Wildlife Refuges that are also Designated as Wildlife Areas by the Commission.

Note: Please check the webpage for each refuge and the signage on each refuge to be sure you have the most up-to-date information on refuge regulations. The website for the National Wildlife Refuges is http://www.fws.gov/refuges/

(a) The power to control entry on the National Wildlife Refuges that are also designated as wildlife areas in subsections 551(c) and (d) is at the discretion of the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The hunting programs for the “Type A” areas listed below are administered by the department. Requirements in this section for steel or other non-toxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are in accordance with Title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Section 32.2(k), October 1, 2012 edition.

(1) Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, Type A.

(A) Area Firearms Restrictions: Only shotguns and steel or other nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are permitted. A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field. It shall be unlawful to possess a loaded firearm, defined as a firearm with an unexpended shell in the firing chamber until hunters are in designated free roam or assigned pond areas.

(B) Hunt Days: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, and snipe: Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during open seasons. Pheasant: Waterfowl hunt days during the pheasant season.

(C) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, snipe, and pheasants.

(D) It shall be unlawful to retain an entry permit or remain on the wildlife refuge later than one and one half hours after sunset, unless participating in overnight stay in accordance with subsection (a)(1)(E).

(E) Camping is prohibited, except on the night before each waterfowl shoot day, when camping in a vehicle, motorhome or trailer within the check station parking area is allowed. Tents are prohibited. No person may build or maintain fires, except in portable gas stoves.

(F) Bicycles: Prohibited.

(G) Hunters may enter or exit only at designated locations. Stopping vehicles between designated parking areas to drop off passengers or hunting equipment is prohibited.

(H) Special Restrictions: When hunting from assigned hunting sites, it shall be unlawful to hunt outside the assigned pond boundary or to hunt from levee roads. Pheasant and snipe hunting are not permitted in the assigned pond area with the exception of pheasant hunting on the first Monday of pheasant season.

(I) Reservations: Each reservation assures entry of up to four individuals with no more than two junior hunters or non-shooters per one adult hunter.

(2) Delevan National Wildlife Refuge, Type A.
Note: On the second Saturday in December, all hunting sites are reserved for junior hunters. Adult hunters may use the freeroam areas (contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at (530) 934-2801 for information).

(A) Area Firearms Restrictions: Only shotguns and steel or other nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are permitted. A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field. It shall be unlawful to possess a loaded firearm, defined as a firearm with an unexpended shell in the firing chamber, until hunters are in designated free roam or assigned pond/spaced blind areas.

(B) Hunt Days: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, and snipe: Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during open seasons. Pheasant: First Monday of pheasant season and on waterfowl hunt days during the pheasant season.

(C) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, snipe, and pheasants.

(D) It shall be unlawful to retain an entry permit or remain on the wildlife refuge later than one and one half hours after sunset, unless participating in overnight stay in accordance with subsection (a)(2)(E).

(E) Camping is prohibited, except on the night before each waterfowl shoot day, when camping in a vehicle, motorhome or trailer within the check station parking area is allowed. Tents are prohibited. No person may build or maintain fires, except in portable gas stoves.

(F) Bicycles: Prohibited.

(G) Reservations: Each reservation assures entry of up to four individuals with no more than two junior hunters or non-shooters per one adult hunter.

(H) Special Restrictions: When assigned hunting sites, hunters shall hunt only within 100 feet of their assigned sites, except to retrieve downed birds. Pheasant and snipe hunting are not permitted in the assigned blind area except on the first Monday of pheasant season.

(I) Hunters may enter or exit only at designated locations. Stopping vehicles between designated parking areas to drop off passengers or hunting equipment is prohibited.

(3) Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Type A.

(A) Area Firearms Restrictions: Only shotguns and steel or other nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are permitted. A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field.

(B) Hunt Days: Waterfowl, coots, and moorhens: Saturdays and Wednesdays during open seasons. Pheasant: Waterfowl hunt days during the regular pheasant season.

(C) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, and pheasants. Hunting of common snipe is prohibited.

(D) Camping and Trailers: Prohibited.

(4) Merced National Wildlife Refuge, Type A.

(A) Area Firearms Restrictions: Only shotguns and steel or other nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are permitted. A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells per day.

(B) Hunt Days: Saturdays and Wednesdays during waterfowl season.

(C) Shooting Hours: Waterfowl shooting hours will be from one-half hour before sunrise until 12:00 noon.

(D) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, coots, and moorhens. Hunting of common snipe is prohibited.

(E) Camping and Trailers: Prohibited.

(F) Bicycles: Allowed.

(G) Reservations: Each reservation assures entry of no more than three persons if three-person blinds are available, or no more than two persons, if two-person blinds are available. All persons entering on the same reservation will receive the same hunt assignment.

(H) Special Restrictions: Hunters must hunt from assigned blinds, except to retrieve downed birds.

(5) Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, Type A.

Note: On the first Saturday in December, all hunting sites are reserved for junior hunters. Adult hunters may use the freeroam areas (contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at (530) 934-2801 for information).

(A) Area Firearms Restrictions: Only shotguns and steel or other nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are permitted. A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field. It shall be unlawful to possess a loaded firearm, defined as a firearm with an unexpended shell in the firing chamber, until hunters are in designated free roam or assigned pond/spaced blind areas.

(B) Hunt Days: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, and snipe: Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during open seasons. Pheasants: The first Monday of pheasant season and on waterfowl hunt days during the pheasant season.

(C) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, snipe, and pheasants.

(D) It shall be unlawful to retain an entry permit or remain on the wildlife refuge later than one and one half hours after sunset, unless participating in overnight stay in accordance with subsection (a)(5)(E).

(E) Camping is prohibited, except on the night before each waterfowl shoot day, when camping in a vehicle, motorhome or trailer within the check station parking area is allowed. Tents are prohibited. No person may build or maintain fires, except in portable gas stoves.

(F) Bicycles: Prohibited.

(G) Reservations: Each reservation assures entry of up to four individuals with no more than two junior hunters or non-shooters per one adult hunter.

(H) Special Restrictions: When assigned hunting sites, hunters shall hunt only within 100 feet of their assigned sites, except to retrieve downed birds. Pheasant and snipe hunting are not permitted in the assigned blind area except on the first Monday of pheasant season.

(I) Hunters may enter or exit only at designated locations. Stopping vehicles between designated parking areas to drop off passengers or hunting equipment is prohibited.

(6) Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge, Type C.

Note: Check the refuge webpage at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/sacramento_river/ and signs posted at the refuge for the most up-to-date information about refuge regulations.

(A) Units: The refuge includes the La Barranca Unit, Blackberry Island Unit, Todd Island Unit, Mooney Unit, Ohm Unit, Flynn Unit, Heron Island Unit, Rio Vista Unit, Foster Island Unit (Tehama Co.); Pine Creek Unit, Dead Man’s Reach Unit, Llano Seco Island 1 & 2 Units, and Llano Seco Riparian Sanctuary Unit, (Butte Co.); and McIntosh Landing North and South Units, Capay Unit, Phelan Island Unit, Jacinto Unit, North Ord Unit, Ord Bend Unit, South Ord Unit, Hartley Island Unit, Sul Norte Unit, Codora Unit, Packer Unit, Afton Unit, Drumheller North Unit, Drumheller Slough Unit (Glenn Co.), and Bogg’s Bend Unit (Colusa Co.).

(B) Area Firearm Restrictions:

1. Only shotguns and archery equipment are allowed. No rifles, crossbows, air guns, paintball guns or pistols may be used or possessed.

2. Target shooting is prohibited.

3. No firearms or archery equipment are allowed in areas closed to hunting.

4. Ammunition is restricted to only federally-approved nontoxic shot while in the field except for hunting deer or wild pigs. For hunting deer or wild pigs, hunters may possess nonlead shotgun slugs in accordance with Section 250.1 of these regulations.

5. Firearms must be unloaded before transporting them between parking areas and hunting areas. “Unloaded” means that no unexpended cartridge or shell is in the chamber of the firearm. This is in addition to the requirement in subsection 550(cc) of these regulations that requires firearms to be unloaded in parking lots, check-in stations and other facilities.

(C) Public Access:

1. The following units are closed to public access: Ohm, McIntosh Landing North and South, North Ord, Llano Seco Riparian Sanctuary, and Hartley Island.

2. Access is allowed by boat only on the following units: La Barranca, Blackberry Island, Todd Island, Mooney, Flynn, Heron Island, Foster Island, Phelan Island, Jacinto, Dead Man’s Reach, South Ord, Lano Seco Island 1 & 2, and Afton.

3. Access is allowed on foot or by boat only on the following units: Rio Vista, Pine Creek, Capay, Ord Bend, Sul Norte, Codora, Packer, Drumheller North, Drumheller Slough and Bogg’s Bend.

a. On Packer and Drumheller North, only boats up to 14 feet in length are allowed.

4. All units that are open to public hunting may only be accessed by boat, except for Sul Norte, Codora, Drumheller North, Drumheller Slough, Capay and Bogg’s Bend, which may be accessed only on foot or by boat.

(D) Day Use Hours: Day use hours are from 2 hours before sunrise to one and one half hours after sunset.

(E) Bicycles: Bicycles are allowed May 15 through August 15. Other conveyances are prohibited. Mobility-impaired hunters should contact the refuge manager for allowed conveyances.

(F) Dogs and Pets In General:

1. Pets shall be controlled in accordance with subsection 550(m) of these regulations, and hunting dogs shall be controlled in accordance with subsection 550(n) of these regulations.

2. Dogs are prohibited for the take and pursuit of wild pigs.

(G) Camping: Camping is allowed only on gravel bars up to 7 days during a 30 day period.

(H) Sport Fishing: Sport fishing is allowed on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations.

(I) Falconry is prohibited.

(J) Areas Open for Hunting In Accordance with State and Federal Regulations:

1. Units open to hunting of authorized species are: La Barranca, Todd Island, Mooney, Heron Island, Flynn, Rio Vista, Foster Island, Pine Creek, Capay, Phelan Island, Jacinto, Dead Man’s Reach, South Ord, Llano Seco Island 1 & 2, Sul Norte, Codora, Afton, Drumheller North, Drumheller Slough, and Bogg’s Bend.

2. The Mooney Unit is open to hunting for authorized species except that waterfowl hunting is prohibited.

3. The Codora Unit is open for hunting only for hunters holding a junior hunting license who are accompanied by a non-hunting adult and only on Saturdays and Sundays.

a. Waterfowl hunting is prohibited on the Codora Unit

4. All other units are closed to hunting.

5. Hunting is prohibited within 50 feet of any landward boundary adjacent to private property.

(K) Authorized Species (unless otherwise stated in subsection (J) or restricted in this subsection): goose, duck, coot, moorhen, dove, snipe, turkey, pheasant, quail, deer, and wild pig. Hunting of all other species is prohibited.

1. Wild Pigs may be hunted only from September 1 through March 15.

(L) Commercial Guiding: Commercial guiding is prohibited.

(M) Personal Property: Permanent blinds, ladders and screw-in foot pegs are prohibited. All personal property, including tree stands, decoys and boats must be removed by one and one-half hours after sunset.

(7) San Luis National Wildlife Refuge, Type A.

(A) Area Firearms Restrictions: Only shotguns and steel or other nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are permitted. A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field.

(B) Hunt Days: Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during waterfowl season. Waterfowl hunting is prohibited on the West Bear Creek Unit prior to the third Saturday in November.

(C) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, coots, and moorhens. Hunting for pheasants will be allowed with an entry permit and only in a special zone on the Kesterson Unit on the first Saturday and Sunday of pheasant season and in the San Luis Unit free roam area on waterfowl shoot days for the duration of pheasant season. Pheasant hunting may also be allowed on the first Monday of pheasant season, but only within the spaced blind area of the Kesterson Unit. Snipe hunting is allowed only within the San Luis Unit free roam area, and only on waterfowl shoot days when the area is open to hunting by adult license holders.

(D) Camping and Trailers: Prohibited on the San Luis, Blue Goose, and the West Bear Creek Units.

(E) Bicycles: Allowed.

(F) Reservations: For the Kesterson and Blue Goose units, each reservation assures entry of no more than three persons if three-person blinds are available, or no more than two persons if two-person blinds are available. For the Freitas units (north and south), each reservation assures entry of one boat with up to four persons. All persons entering on the same reservation will receive the same hunt assignment.

(G) Special Restrictions: Hunters in the Kesterson and Blue Goose units must hunt from assigned blinds, except to retrieve downed birds. Hunters in free roam areas are not restricted to blinds. Access to the Freitas units is by boat only. Maximum boat speed may not exceed 5 mph. Inboard water thrust and air-thrust boats are prohibited. Construction of permanent blinds is prohibited. Cutting or breaking of woody vegetation is prohibited. All blinds and equipment must be removed following each day’s hunt.

(H) Hunters may enter or exit only at designated locations. Stopping vehicles between designated parking areas to drop off passengers or hunting equipment is prohibited.

(8) Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, Type A.

(A) Area Firearms Restrictions: Only shotguns and steel or other nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are permitted. A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field. Firearms must be unloaded when being transported between parking areas and blind sites.

(B) Hunt days: Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during open seasons.

(C) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, coots, and moorhens.

(D) Camping and Trailers: Prohibited.

(E) Special Restrictions: Hunters in the Hazard Unit shall hunt only from within 100 feet of their assigned blind sites or stakes, except to retrieve downed birds. Hunters in the Union Tract shall hunt only from within their blinds, except to retrieve downed birds.

(F) Blind Limitation: Not more than four individuals may occupy a blind site.

(9) Sutter National Wildlife Refuge, Type A.

(A) Area Firearms Restrictions: Only shotguns and steel or other nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are permitted. A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field. It shall be unlawful to possess a loaded firearm, defined as a firearm with an unexpended shell in the firing chamber, until hunters are in designated free roam or assigned pond areas.

(B) Hunt Days: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, and snipe: Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during open seasons. Pheasant: Waterfowl hunt days during the pheasant season.

(C) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, snipe, and pheasants.

(D) It shall be unlawful to retain an entry permit or remain on the wildlife refuge later than one and one half hours after sunset, unless participating in overnight stay in accordance with subsection (a)(9)(E).

(E) Camping is prohibited, except on the night before each waterfowl shoot day, when camping in a vehicle, motorhome or trailer within the check station parking area is allowed. Tents are prohibited. No person may build or maintain fires, except in portable gas stoves.

(F) Bicycles: Prohibited.

(G) Hunters may enter or exit only at designated locations. Stopping vehicles between designated parking areas to drop off passengers or hunting equipment is prohibited.

(H) Special Restrictions: When hunting from assigned hunting sites, it shall be unlawful to hunt outside the assigned pond boundary or to hunt from levee roads. Pheasant and snipe hunting are not permitted in the assigned pond area.

(I) Reservations: Each reservation assures entry of up to four individuals with no more than two junior hunters or non-shooters per one adult hunter.

§630. Additional Visitor Use Regulations on Department Lands Designated as Ecological Reserves.

(a) The areas listed in this section have been designated by the commission as ecological reserves. A legal description of the boundaries of each ecological reserve is on file at the department’s headquarters, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento. All ecological reserves are maintained for the primary purpose of developing a statewide program for protection of rare, threatened, or endangered native plants, wildlife, aquatic organisms, and specialized terrestrial or aquatic habitat types. Visitor uses are dependent upon the provisions of applicable laws and upon a determination by the commission that opening an area to such visitor use is compatible with the purposes of the property. Visitor use is subject to the regulations below, in sections 550 and 550.5 of these regulations, as well as any other commission regulations that may apply. These regulations are incorporated by reference into and become a condition of entry, passes, and/or permits. It is the responsibility of all visitors to know and understand these regulations prior to entry. Ecological reserves that are marked with an asterisk (*) in subsection 630(b) are adjacent to or share sensitive marine environments with Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), Marine Managed Areas (MMAs), and/or Special Closures that are defined in Section 632 of these regulations. The general regulations for MPAs, MMAs, and Special Closures are in subsection 632(a) of these regulations, and site-specific regulations for each area are in subsection 632(b) of these regulations. The designated names of the MPAs in subsection 632(b) of these regulations generally correspond with the names of adjacent or overlapping ecological reserves. For example, Fagan Marsh Ecological Reserve shares marine waters with the Fagan Marsh State Marine Park and Moro Cojo Ecological Reserve is adjacent to the Moro Cojo State Marine Reserve.

(b) Ecological Reserves owned and operated by the department:

(1) Agua Hedionda Lagoon Ecological Reserve, San Diego County*;

(2) Albany Mudflats Ecological Reserve, Alameda County*;

(3) Alkali Sink Ecological Reserve, Fresno County;

(4) Allensworth Ecological Reserve, Tulare County;

(5) Apricum Hill Ecological Reserve, Amador County;

(6) Atascadero Creek Marsh Ecological Reserve, Sonoma County;

(7) Bair Island Ecological Reserve, San Mateo County*;

(8) Bakersfield Cactus Ecological Reserve, Kern County;

(9) Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve, San Bernardino County;

(10) Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, Los Angeles County;

(11) Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve, San Diego County*;

(12) Big Table Mountain Ecological Reserve, Fresno County;

(13) Blue Ridge Ecological Reserve, Tulare County;

(14) Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, San Diego County;

(15) Bobelaine Ecological Reserve, Sutter County;

(16) Boden Canyon Ecological Reserve, San Diego County;

(17) Boggs Lake Ecological Reserve, Lake County;

(18) Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Orange County*;

(19) Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve, Santa Cruz County;

(20) Boulder Creek/Rutherford Ranch Ecological Reserve, San Diego County;

(21) Buena Vista Creek Ecological Reserve, San Diego County;

(22) Buena Vista Lagoon Ecological Reserve, San Diego County*;

(23) Burton Mesa Ecological Reserve, Santa Barbara County;

(24) Butler Slough Ecological Reserve, Tehama County;

(25) Butte Creek Canyon Ecological Reserve, Butte County;

(26) Butte Creek House Ecological Reserve, Butte County;

(27) Buttonwillow Ecological Reserve, Kern County;

(28) By-Day Creek Ecological Reserve, Mono County;

(29) Calhoun Cut Ecological Reserve, Solano County;

(30) Cambria Pines Ecological Reserve, San Luis Obispo County;

(31) Cañada de los Osos Ecological Reserve, Santa Clara County;

(32) Canebrake Ecological Reserve, Kern County;

(33) Carlsbad Highlands Ecological Reserve, San Diego County;

(34) Carrizo Canyon Ecological Reserve, Riverside County;

(35) Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve, San Luis Obispo County, including the American, Panorama, Elkhorn Plain, North Chimineas, and South Chimineas Units;

(36) China Point Ecological Reserve, Siskiyou County;

(37) Chorro Creek Ecological Reserve, San Luis Obispo County;

(38) Clover Creek Ecological Reserve, Shasta County;

(39) Coachella Valley Ecological Reserve, Riverside County;

(40) Coal Canyon Ecological Reserve, Orange County;

(41) Coldwater Canyon Ecological Reserve, Ventura County;

(42) Corral Hollow Ecological Reserve, San Joaquin County;

(43) Corte Madera Marsh Ecological Reserve, Marin County*;

(44) Cosumnes River Ecological Reserve, Sacramento County;

(45) Crestridge Ecological Reserve, San Diego County;

(46) Dales Lake Ecological Reserve, Tehama County;

(47) Del Mar Mesa/Lopez Ridge Ecological Reserve, San Diego County;

(48) Del Monte Dunes Ecological Reserve, Monterey County;

(49) Eden Landing Ecological Reserve, Alameda County;

(50) Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve (National Estuarine Research Reserve), Monterey County*;

(51) Estelle Mountain Ecological Reserve, Riverside County;

(52) Fagan Marsh Ecological Reserve, Napa County*;

(53) Fall River Mills Ecological Reserve, Shasta County;

(54) Fish Slough Ecological Reserve, Inyo and Mono counties;

(55) Fremont Valley Ecological Reserve, Kern County;

(56) Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve, Santa Barbara County*;

(57) Harrison Grade Ecological Reserve, Sonoma County;

(58) Headwaters Forest Ecological Reserve, Humboldt County;

(59) Hidden Palms Ecological Reserve, Riverside County;

(60) Indian Joe Springs Ecological Reserve, Inyo County;

(61) Joshua Creek Canyon Ecological Reserve, Monterey County;

(62) Kaweah Ecological Reserve, Tulare County;

(63) Kerman Ecological Reserve, Fresno County;

(64) King Clone Ecological Reserve, San Bernardino County;

(65) Laguna Laurel Ecological Reserve, Orange County;

(66) Lake Hodges Ecological Reserve, San Diego County;

(67) Lake Mathews Ecological Reserve, Riverside County;

(68) Leek Springs Ecological Reserve, El Dorado County;

(69) Liberty Island Ecological Reserve, Solano County;

(70) Limestone Salamander Ecological Reserve, Mariposa County;

(71) Little Butte Ecological Reserve, Mendocino County;

(72) Little Red Mountain Ecological Reserve, Mendocino County;

(73) Loch Lomond Vernal Pool Ecological Reserve, Lake County;

(74) Lokern Ecological Reserve, Kern County;

(75) Macklin Creek Ecological Reserve, Nevada County;

(76) Magnesia Spring Ecological Reserve, Riverside County;

(77) Marin Islands Ecological Reserve, Marin County*;

(78) Mattole River Ecological Reserve, Mendocino County;

(79) McGinty Mountain Ecological Reserve, San Diego County;

(80) Meadowbrook Ecological Reserve, San Diego County;

(81) Moro Cojo Ecological Reserve, Monterey County*;

(82) Morro Dunes Ecological Reserve, including the Bayview Unit, San Luis Obispo County;

(83) Morro Rock Ecological Reserve, San Luis Obispo County;

(84) Napa River Ecological Reserve, Napa County;

(85) North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve, Butte County;

(86) Oasis Springs Ecological Reserve, Riverside County;

(87) Offshore Rocks and Pinnacles, coastal counties;

(88) Otay Mountain Ecological Reserve, San Diego County;

(89) Owl Creek Ecological Reserve, Humboldt County;

(90) Palo Verde Ecological Reserve, Riverside County;

(91) Panoche Hills Ecological Reserve, Fresno County;

(92) Peninsular Ranges Ecological Reserve, Riverside County;

(93) Peytonia Slough Ecological Reserve, Solano County;

(94) Phoenix Field Ecological Reserve, Sacramento County;

(95) Pilgrim Creek Ecological Reserve, San Diego County;

(96) Pine Hill Ecological Reserve, including the Salmon Falls Unit, El Dorado County;

(97) Piute Creek Ecological Reserve, San Bernardino County;

(98) Plaisted Creek Ecological Reserve, San Diego County;

(99) Pleasant Valley Ecological Reserve, Fresno County;

(100) Quail Hollow Ecological Reserve, Santa Cruz County;

(101) Quail Ridge Ecological Reserve, Napa County;

(102) Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve, including the Headquarters Unit, San Diego County;

(103) Redwood Shores Ecological Reserve, San Mateo County;

(104) River Springs Lakes Ecological Reserve, Mono County;

(105) Saline Valley Ecological Reserve, Inyo County;

(106) San Antonio Valley Ecological Reserve, Santa Clara County;

(107) San Bruno Mountain Ecological Reserve, San Mateo County;

(108) San Diego River Ecological Reserve, San Diego County;

(109) San Dieguito Lagoon Ecological Reserve, San Diego County*;

(110) San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, San Diego County*;

(111) San Felipe Creek Ecological Reserve, Imperial County;

(112) San Joaquin River Ecological Reserve, Fresno and Madera counties;

(113) San Luis Rey River Ecological Reserve, San Diego County;

(114) Sands Meadow Ecological Reserve, Tuolumne County;

(115) Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander Ecological Reserve, Santa Cruz County;

(116) Santa Rosa Plain Vernal Pool Ecological Reserve, including the Hall Road, Todd Road, Wikiup and Yuba Drive units, Sonoma County;

(117) Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Riverside County;

(118) Semitropic Ecological Reserve, Kern County;

(119) Sky Valley Ecological Reserve, Riverside County;

(120) Springville Ecological Reserve, Tulare County;

(121) Stone Corral Ecological Reserve, Tulare County;

(122) Stone Ridge Ecological Reserve, Butte County;

(123) Sycamore Canyon Ecological Reserve, Riverside County;

(124) Sycuan Peak Ecological Reserve, San Diego County;

(125) Table Bluff Ecological Reserve, Humboldt County;

(126) Theiller Sebastopol Meadowfoam Ecological Reserve, Sonoma County;

(127) Thomes Creek Ecological Reserve, Tehama County;

(128) Tomales Bay Ecological Reserve, Marin County;

(129) Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve, Orange County*;

(130) Vernalis Ecological Reserve, San Joaquin County;

(131) Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve, San Diego County;

(132) Watsonville Slough Ecological Reserve, Santa Cruz County;

(133) West Mojave Desert Ecological Reserve, San Bernardino County;

(134) Woodbridge Ecological Reserve, San Joaquin County;

(135) Yaudanchi Ecological Reserve, Tulare County; and

(136) Yorkville Ecological Reserve, Mendocino County.

Note: The remainder of Section 630, Title 14, CCR includes regulations that apply only to individual ecological reserves. These regulations are organized primarily by type of public use in the following pages of this booklet. To see the same property-specific regulations organized under the name of each ecological reserve, go to: www.wildlife.ca.gov/Lands/Regulations

Note: Currently only the Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve has implemented the Lands Pass requirement described below. By January 2018, all ecological reserves listed in subsection 630(c) will implement this requirement.

(c) Ecological Reserves That Require a Daily or Annual Lands Pass for Authorized Uses other than Hunting: Pursuant to subsection 550(c) and 550.5(c) of these regulations, it shall be unlawful for a visitor to enter any ecological reserve or portion thereof listed in this section without carrying a valid Lands Pass or a valid hunting, fishing, or trapping license on their person. A Lands Pass must be purchased in advance. Information on how to purchase a Lands Pass and exceptions to this requirement are provided in subsection 550.5(c).

(1) Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve

(2) Boden Canyon Ecological Reserve

(3) Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

(4) Buena Vista Lagoon Ecological Reserve

(5) Canebrake Ecological Reserve

(6) Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve

(A) Lands Passes may be purchased at the visitor center during business hours.

(7) North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve

(8) San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

(9) Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve

(10) Woodbridge Ecological Reserve

(d) Ecological Reserves with Hunting as a Designated Public Use: Unless listed and specified as allowed in the table below, hunting is prohibited on ecological reserves. Where hunting is allowed, it shall be subject to all applicable general hunting regulations and the area-specific regulations set forth in this subsection.

AREA

HUNTING DESCRIPTIONS

(1) Allensworth Ecological Reserve

Allowed only at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department.

(2) Bair Island Ecological Reserve

Waterfowl hunting only.

(3) Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve

Waterfowl and upland game only. Waterfowl hunting shall be from boats only.

(4) Blue Ridge Ecological Reserve

Allowed only as part of department special hunting opportunities at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department.

(5) Boden Canyon Ecological Reserve

Upland game allowed but only at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department.

(6) Buttonwillow Ecological Reserve

Allowed only at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department.

(7) By-Day Creek Ecological Reserve

Allowed.

(8) Calhoun Cut Ecological Reserve

Waterfowl allowed only from a boat on the waters within the reserve that are accessible only from Lindsey Slough. There are no launch sites on the reserve.

(9) Cañada de los Osos Ecological Reserve

Allowed but only as part of department special opportunities at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department.

(10) Canebrake Ecological Reserve

Allowed only at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department.

(11) Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve

Allowed only at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department. Hunting of coyotes and ground squirrels is prohibited on the North and South Chimineas units.

(12) China Point Ecological Reserve

Allowed from August 1 through February 14.

(13) Coal Canyon Ecological Reserve

Allowed only at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department. Shotguns and archery equipment only.

(14) Cosumnes River Ecological Reserve

Allowed only at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department.

(15) Dales Lake Ecological Reserve

Waterfowl only.

(16) Eden Landing Ecological Reserve

Waterfowl allowed, but only at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department.

(17) Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve

Allowed only at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department.

(18) Estelle Mountain Ecological Reserve

Upland game only.

(19) Fish Slough Ecological Reserve

Allowed.

(20) Indian Joe Springs Ecological Reserve

Upland game only.

(21) Kaweah Ecological Reserve

Allowed only at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department.

(22) Kerman Ecological Reserve

Allowed from July 1 through January 31. Only licensed hunters are allowed to possess firearms. Shotguns only.

(23) Liberty Island Ecological Reserve

Allowed only at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department.

(24) Lokern Ecological Reserve

Allowed only at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department.

(25) North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve

Deer and upland game allowed from the day after spring turkey season through November 15.

(26) Oasis Springs Ecological Reserve

Allowed.

(27) Otay Mountain Ecological Reserve

Allowed in accordance with the Bureau of Land Management’s Wilderness Area regulations (43 CFR 6300, Oct. 1, 2012).

(28) Palo Verde Ecological Reserve

Deer, rabbits, dove, quail, and waterfowl only and allowed only at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department. Deer hunting is by archery only. Rabbit, dove, quail, and waterfowl hunting is by shotgun only.

(29) Panoche Hills Ecological Reserve

Allowed from July 1 through January 31.

(30) Peninsular Ranges Ecological Reserve

Upland game only.

(31) Piute Creek Ecological Reserve

Allowed.

(32) Pleasant Valley Ecological Reserve

Allowed only at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department.

(33) Quail Ridge Ecological Reserve

Allowed but only as part of department special opportunities at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department.

(34) Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve

Allowed only at the times and in the specific areas designated by the department.

(35) River Springs Lakes Ecological Reserve

Allowed.

(36) Saline Valley Ecological Reserve

Allowed.

(37) San Antonio Valley Ecological Reserve

Allowed, but only as part of department special opportunities at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department.

(38) San Felipe Creek Ecological Reserve

Allowed.

(39) Sky Valley Ecological Reserve

Upland game only.

(40) Stone Corral Ecological Reserve

Allowed only at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department.

(41) Tomales Bay Ecological Reserve

Waterfowl only.

(42) Vernalis Ecological Reserve

Upland game only and only on the Vernalis Unit at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department.

(43) Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve

Allowed.

(44) West Mojave Desert Ecological Reserve

Allowed from July 1 through January 31.

(e) Fishing Restrictions and Additional Regulations on Ecological Reserves Pursuant to Subsection 550(h) of These Regulations: Except as otherwise provided in the table below, fishing for non-commercial purposes is allowed in ecological reserves but is limited to angling from shore. Fishing for commercial purposes is prohibited on ecological reserves.

The terms “Prohibited” and “Allowed” in this table refer to whether fishing is prohibited or allowed on the subject ecological reserve.

AREA

FISHING DESCRIPTIONS

(1) Agua Hedionda Lagoon Ecological Reserve

Prohibited.

(2) Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve

Prohibited.

(3) Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve

Prohibited except from designated areas on the shore of the Ballona Creek flood control channel or from a boat within the channel. Barbless hooks only.

(4) Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Prohibited except at a designated area at the north end of outer Bolsa Bay, and as provided in subsection 632(b) of these regulations for the marine waters shared with the Bolsa Bay and Bolsa Chica Basin State Marine Conservation Areas.

(5) Buena Vista Lagoon Ecological Reserve

Prohibited except at designated fishing areas.

(6) Butte Creek Canyon Ecological Reserve

Prohibited except by hand-carried boats or flotation devices in the main channel of Butte Creek from February 1 through April 30.

(7) By-Day Creek Ecological Reserve

Prohibited.

(8) Calhoun Cut Ecological Reserve

Prohibited except from a boat within the main channel of Calhoun Cut accessible only from Lindsey Slough. There are no launching sites on the reserve.

(9) Cañada de los Osos Ecological Reserve

Prohibited except for special opportunities offered in specific areas at times designated by the department.

(10) Canebrake Ecological Reserve

Allowed only in specific areas designated by the department.

(11) China Point Ecological Reserve

Allowed from boats and the shore.

(12) Cosumnes River Ecological Reserve

Allowed only from a boat in the main channel of the Cosumnes River and sloughs accessible from the Mokelumne River.

(13) Eden Landing Ecological Reserve

Allowed from boats and the shore, but only at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department.

(14) Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve

Allowed only from specific areas designated by the department and as provided in subsection 632(b) of these regulations for the marine waters shared with the Elkhorn Slough State Marine Reserve. Fishing is prohibited in the Elkhorn Slough Marine Conservation Area (subsection 632(b) of these regulations).

(15) Fagan Marsh Ecological Reserve

Allowed from boats and the shore.

(16) Fish Slough Ecological Reserve

Prohibited within the 20-acre fenced and posted plot of land encompassing two spring areas and an artificial impoundment of 5.6 acres located in the northwest corner of the area known as “Fish Slough,” northern Inyo and southern Mono counties.

(17) Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve

Prohibited.

(18) Leek Springs Ecological Reserve

Prohibited.

(19) Liberty Island Ecological Reserve

Allowed from boats and from shore.

(20) Morro Rock Ecological Reserve

Allowed but visitors may only enter upon that portion of Morro Rock between the low tide mark and a point ten (10) feet in elevation above the mean high tide mark.

(21) Oasis Springs Ecological Reserve

Prohibited.

(22) Palo Verde Ecological Reserve

Allowed at night.

(23) Peytonia Slough Ecological Reserve

Allowed from boats and the shore.

(24) Redwood Shores Ecological Reserve

Allowed from boats and the shore. Only lightweight, hand-carried boats may be launched and operated.

(25) San Joaquin River Ecological Reserve

Allowed from boats and the shore at times and in places designated by the department. Only lightweight, hand carried, non-gasoline powered boats or other floating devices are permitted, and they may only be launched from designated launching sites.

(26) Tomales Bay Ecological Reserve

Allowed from boats and the shore. Only lightweight, hand-carried boats may be launched and operated.

(27) Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve

Allowed from boats and in designated shore areas and as provided in subsection 632(b) of these regulations for marine waters shared with the Upper Newport Bay State Marine Conservation Area. Clamming and wading are prohibited.

(28) Vernalis Ecological Reserve

Allowed from boats and from shore.

(f) Swimming and/or Boating: Unless listed and specified in the columns below, swimming and boating are prohibited on ecological reserves, per subsections 550(z)(2) and 550(z)(3) of these regulations.

AREA

SWIMMING

BOATING

(1) Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve

Prohibited.

Allowed only for waterfowl hunting.

(2) Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve

Prohibited.

Allowed only within the Ballona Creek flood control channel.

(3) Cañada de los Osos Ecological Reserve

Prohibited except when allowed as part of special hunting or fishing opportunities in specific areas at times designated by the department.

Prohibited except as part of special fishing opportunities in specific areas at times designated by the department. Only lightweight hand-carried boats or floating devices allowed. Gasoline-powered boats are prohibited.

(4) China Point Ecological Reserve

Prohibited.

Boats may be launched and operated in the Klamath River.

(5) Corte Madera Marsh Ecological Reserve

Prohibited.

Allowed but only lightweight hand-carried boats may be launched and operated within the reserve.

(6) Cosumnes River Ecological Reserve

Prohibited.

Allowed but only lightweight, hand carried, non-gasoline powered boats or other floating devices are permitted, and they may only be launched from designated launching sites.

(7) Eden Landing Ecological Reserve

Prohibited.

Allowed only at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department.

(8) Fagan Marsh Ecological Reserve

Allowed.

Allowed but only lightweight, hand-carried boats may be launched and operated within the reserve.

(9) Liberty Island Ecological Reserve

Prohibited.

Allowed.

(10) Napa River Ecological Reserve

Allowed.

Prohibited.

(11) Peytonia Slough Ecological Reserve

Allowed.

Allowed but only lightweight, hand-carried boats may be launched and operated within the reserve.

(12) Redwood Shores Ecological Reserve

Allowed.

Prohibited.

(13) San Joaquin River Ecological Reserve

Prohibited.

Allowed only at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department.

(14) Tomales Bay Ecological Reserve

Allowed.

Allowed, but only lightweight, hand-carried boats may be launched and operated within the reserve.

(15) Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve

Allowed only in that area bayward from North Star Beach to mid-channel.

Allowed in designated areas only and limited to non-motorized craft.

(16) Vernalis Ecological Reserve

Prohibited.

Allowed.

(g) Bicycles, Horses, Pack Stock, and/or Horseback Riding: Except as listed and specified in the columns below, bicycles and other pedaled vehicles, horses, pack stock and horseback riding are prohibited on ecological reserves, per subsections 550(bb) and 550(o) of these regulations.

AREA

BICYCLE DESCRIPTION

HORSE/PACK-STOCK DESCRIPTION

(1) Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve

Allowed only on the designated path on the north side of the Ballona Creek flood control channel.

Prohibited.

(2) Canebrake Ecological Reserve

Prohibited.

Allowed only on established trails in designated areas.

(3) Coal Canyon Ecological Reserve

Allowed on designated trails only, excluding dates within 72 hours after any weather event that produces 1/4 inch of precipitation in any 24 hour period, or any such event that produces 1/2 inch of precipitation in any 72 hour period.

Allowed only on designated trails, excluding dates within 72 hours after any weather event that produces 1/4 inch of precipitation in any 24 hour period, or any such event that produces 1/2 inch of precipitation in any 72 hour period.

(4) Crestridge Ecological Reserve

May be allowed on designated roads during designated seasons as determined by the department. Closures may be implemented at the discretion of the department.

Allowed only on designated trails.

(5) Eden Landing Ecological Reserve

Allowed only on designated trails.

Allowed only on designated trails.

(6) Headwaters Forest Ecological Reserve

Allowed only on the northern 3.5 mile designated corridor.

Prohibited.

(7) Magnesia Spring Ecological Reserve

Year round access is allowed only on that portion of the Mike Schuler Trail in the northeast corner of Section 24, and the Lower Mirage Trail where it enters Section 24 in the north and continues south until the trail becomes the Herb Jeffries Trail which continues south and then east and exits the Ecological Reserve at the eastern border of Section 24. Access is also allowed year round on the Hopalong Cassidy Trail in the eastern portion of Section 35. Those portions of the Art Smith Trail in Sections 35 and 27 are open from October 1 through June 30 and closed from July 1 through September 30.

Year round access is allowed only on that portion of the Mike Schuler Trail in the northeast corner of Section 24, and the Lower Mirage Trail where it enters Section 24 in the north and continues south until the trail becomes the Herb Jeffries Trail which continues south and then east and exits the Ecological Reserve at the eastern border of Section 24. Access is also allowed year round on the Hopalong Cassidy Trail in the eastern portion of Section 35. Those portions of the Art Smith Trail in Sections 35 and 27 are open from October 1 through June 30 and closed from July 1 through September 30.

(8) Redwood Shores Ecological Reserve

Allowed only along the levee-top road system.

Prohibited.

(9) Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve

Allowed only on paved Back Bay Drive.

Allowed only on established trails in designated areas.

(h) Designated Closures and Restrictions on Ecological Reserves:

AREA

DESCRIPTION OF CLOSURE OR RESTRICTION

(1) Apricum Hill Ecological Reserve

Closed to all visitor use/access.

(2) Bair Island Ecological Reserve

Closed to all visitor use/access from February 15 through May 20.

(3) Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve

Pets, including dogs and cats, are prohibited. Unless the department determines that restoration or other uses in the following areas is more appropriate, existing recreational uses may be allowed under license agreement with Playa Vista Little League in that portion of Area C identified in the license agreement and existing parking areas may be allowed under leases to the County of Los Angeles.

(4) Bobelaine Ecological Reserve

Closed to all visitor use/access.

(5) Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Pets are prohibited, except when they remain inside a motor vehicle. Visitors must stay on established trails, paths or other designated areas. The reserve is closed to visitor access and use from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

(6) Burton Mesa Ecological Reserve

Motor vehicle use by visitors is prohibited.

(7) Butte Creek Canyon Ecological Reserve

Motor vehicle use by visitors is prohibited.

(8) Butte Creek House Ecological Reserve

Motor vehicle use by visitors is prohibited.

(9) Calhoun Cut Ecological Reserve

The land portions of the reserve are closed to all visitor use/access. The navigable portions of Calhoun Cut and associated sloughs are accessible only by boat from Lindsey Slough.

(10) Cañada de los Osos Ecological Reserve

Closed to all visitor use/access except for special opportunities as provided in subsections 630(d)(9) and 630(e)(9) of these regulations.

(11) Canebrake Ecological Reserve

Pets are prohibited except for hunting dogs at such times and in the specific areas designated by the department.

(12) Carrizo Canyon Ecological Reserve

Closed to all visitor use/access from January 1 through September 30. Pets are prohibited, except when they remain inside a motor vehicle.

(13) Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve

Access to the South Chimineas Unit requires an entry permit issued by the department. Permits must be filled out and returned to the department upon leaving the area.

(14) Coldwater Canyon Ecological Reserve

Closed to all visitor use/access except for pedestrian use of the existing travel corridor through the reserve.

(15) Corral Hollow Ecological Reserve

Closed to all visitor use/access.

(16) Cosumnes River Ecological Reserve

Pets are prohibited, except when they remain inside a motor vehicle.

(17) Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve

Visitors must stay on established trails, paths or other designated areas.

(18) Headwaters Forest Ecological Reserve

Pets are prohibited except for dogs on a leash on the northern 3.5 mile designated corridor.

(19) Hidden Palms Ecological Reserve

Closed to all visitor use/access.

(20) Lake Mathews Ecological Reserve

Closed to all visitor use/access.

(21) Leek Springs Ecological Reserve

Closed to all visitor use/access.

(22) Limestone Salamander Ecological Reserve

Closed to all visitor use/access.

(23) Macklin Creek Ecological Reserve

Closed to all visitor use/access.

(24) Magnesia Spring Ecological Reserve

Year round access is allowed only on that portion of the Mike Schuler Trail in the northeast corner of Section 24, and the Lower Mirage Trail where it enters Section 24 in the north and continues south until the trail becomes the Herb Jeffries Trail which continues south and then east and exits the Ecological Reserve at the eastern border of Section 24. Access is also allowed year round on the Hopalong Cassidy Trail in the eastern portion of Section 35. The Mirage Trail, located above the gate and west of the intersection with the Herb Jefferies trail, is open only for pedestrian use from May 1 through January 31, and is closed to all visitor use from February 1 through April 30. Those portions of the Art Smith Trail in Sections 35 and 27 are open from October 1 through June 30 and closed from July 1 through September 30. Pets are prohibited except when they remain inside a motor vehicle.

(25) Morro Rock Ecological Reserve

Visitor access/use allowed only for that portion of Morro Rock between the low tide mark and a point ten (10) feet in elevation above the mean high tide mark.

(26) Phoenix Field Ecological Reserve

Closed to all visitor use/access.

(27) Pine Hill Ecological Reserve

Closed to all visitor use/access.

(28) Quail Ridge Ecological Reserve

Closed to all visitor use/access except for special opportunities as provided in subsection 630(d)(33) of these regulations

(29) San Dieguito Lagoon Ecological Reserve

The California least tern nesting island is closed to all visitor use/access.

(30) San Joaquin River Ecological Reserve

Closed to all visitor use/access except for special opportunities as provided in subsection 630(e)(25) of these regulations.

(31) Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander Ecological Reserve

Closed to all visitor use/access.

(32) Santa Rosa Plain Vernal Pool Ecological Reserve

Closed to all visitor use/access.

(33) Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve

Pets are prohibited. Smoking is prohibited, except inside a motor vehicle.

(34) Stone Ridge Ecological Reserve

Closed to all visitor use/access except for department authorized interpretive, educational, or research programs.

(35) Table Bluff Ecological Reserve

The fenced western lily area is closed to all visitor use/access.

(36) Tomales Bay Ecological Reserve

The land area of the reserve is closed to all visitor use/access from March 1 through June 30.

(37) Woodbridge Ecological Reserve

Closed to all visitor use/access except for the viewing area.

(i) Ecological Reserves Authorized for Dog Training:

(1) Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve.

(A) Retriever training allowed in the designated area only, and only with written authorization from the area manager.

(j) Shooting Areas: Ecological Reserve, pursuant to subsection 550(cc) of these regulations, with designated shooting area (i.e., range) and additional regulations:

(1) Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve.

(A) Target shooting is allowed in designated areas only.

OTHER PUBLIC HUNTING AREAS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers public hunting on other national wildlife refuges including:

  • Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges
    In Siskiyou and Modoc counties; contact Tule Lake Refuge headquarters, located seven miles west of the town of Tulelake, Route 1, Box 74, Tulelake, CA 96134, (530) 667-2231.
  • Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge
    Contact P.O. Box 576, Loleta, CA 95551, (707) 733-5406
  • Modoc National Wildlife Refuge
    Located two miles southeast of Alturas; contact refuge headquarters, P.O. Box 1610, Alturas, CA 96101, (530) 233-3572
  • San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex
    Contact 1 Marshlands Road, Fremont, CA 94555
  • Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
    1624 Hood-Franklin Road, Elk Grove, CA 95757, (916) 775-4421
  • Havasu National Wildlife Refuge
    317 Mesquite Avenue, Needles CA 92363-2649
  • Cibola National Wildlife Refuge
    Contact P.O. Box AP, Blythe, CA 92225
  • Imperial National Wildlife Refuge
    Contact P.O. Box 2217, Martinez Lake, AZ 85364

For additional information about National Wildlife Refuges, please go to:

http://www.fws.gov/refuges/

The CA Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) allows hunting at the following sites:

  • San Luis Project Reservoirs in Merced County located about 13 miles west of Los Banos. Contact DPR, P.O. Box 991, Los Banos, CA 93635.
  • Picacho State Recreation Area located along the Colorado River in Imperial County about 20 miles north of Winterhaven; contact P.O. Box 1207, Winterhaven, CA 92283.