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Eel River Wildlife Area


The approximately 2,600 acre Eel River Wildlife Area contains salt marsh, pasture, wet meadow, brackish marsh, and coastal scrub. It also includes one of the largest riparian forests remaining on California's north coast. The area is regularly used by raptors, and tundra swans, waterfowl, and shorebirds also occur on the area. Mammals include fox, deer, river otter, and a variety of marine mammals.

The area’s historic primary use has been dairy farming and cattle ranching. The property was acquired to protect and enhance coastal wetland habitat, and was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1968.

For more information, call the Northern Region Eureka office at (707) 445-6493.

Recreational Opportunities

fishing Wildlife Viewing  Hiking Trails Waterfowl Hunting Hunting with Shotguns

Activities: fishing, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, hiking, hunting

Woodcutting permits are available at the Eureka office.

Hunting: Type C Wildlife Area. Waterfowl and snipe may be present.

Facilities: None

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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Northern Region (Region 1)

Humboldt County

15 miles southwest of Eureka, off Highway 101

Access: From Highway 101 take Hookton Road west to Table Bluff Road.

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