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Big Sandy Wildlife Area


The Big Sandy Wildlife Area was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1976. It is 857 acres of open grasslands with some open stream habitat. The Big Sandy Unit is composed of an annual grassland type along the river benches, and a cottonwood-willow-mulefat association within the bed of the Salinas River. The San Antonio Unit’s vegetation is also primarily riparian habitat with the cottonwood-willow-mulefat association, but has much denser cover over the entire area that the Big Sandy Unit. The wildlife that is associated with these units is diverse, including numerous bird and mammal species.

For more information, call the Marine Region Monterey office at (831) 649-2870.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Quail Hunting Wild Pig Hunting Deer Hunting

Activities: wildlife viewing and hunting

California quail and wild pigs can be found here.

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands please refer to the link opens in new windowCDFW Public Lands Regulations booklet. Scroll to the Table of Contents. Locate the page number for general regulations for public uses on all Department lands. For additional regulations that apply only to certain properties, check the Table of Contents for sections that refer to additional or property-specific regulations for wildlife areas or ecological reserves. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following the general and property-specific regulations.

Last update : 10/31/2018 9:35:08 AM

Wildlife Branch - Lands Program
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411

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Central Region (Region 4)

Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties

9 miles north of Paso Robles, east of Camp Roberts

Access: Entrance to parking lot is reached from Indian Valley Rd. on the east side of the Salinas River.

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