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Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area

View of rolling hills with oak trees and large boulders
Upper Unit at Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area


Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area is approximately 6,300 acres of steep oak-grassland (Upper unit) and steep hilly grassland (Lower unit). Wildlife includes wild pigs, black-tailed deer, gray fox, and 100 species of birds.

For more information, call the Los Banos office at (209) 826-0463.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Hunting with Shotguns Bow Hunting Deer Hunting Wild Pig Hunting

Activities: wildlife viewing and hunting

Unit Maps: link opens in new windowLower (PDF) | link opens in new windowUpper (PDF)

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.

Area History

Past land use, from the Rancho San Luis Gonzaga Spanish land grant days until the Department assumed management responsibility, was for cattle grazing. The property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1978.

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)

Merced and Santa Clara counties

36 miles east of Gilroy and northeast of Hwy 152

link opens in new windowGeneral Location Map (PDF)

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