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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

For more information about pig and deer hunting application, see the link opens in new windownews release.  For application, click link opens in new windowhere.


Type C: Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area, including the Upper Cottonwood Unit and Lower Cottonwood Unit, does not require the purchase of a hunting pass for entry. Entry permits and/or passes or special drawing may be required for hunting on some Type C wildlife areas.

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

NOTE: Visitors are responsible for knowing and complying with all regulations pertaining to the use of Department lands.

Please refer to the Public Uses on State and Federal Lands section of the link opens in new windowWaterfowl, Upland Game, and Public Use Regulations (PDF) booklet for both statewide and property-specific regulations. A searchable Property-specific regulations table is also available online.

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

Map of Cottonwood Creek WA - click to enlarge in new window
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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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