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Elk River Wildlife Area


The 104-acre Elk River Wildlife Area was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1991. It consists of both coastal salt marsh and riparian wetlands. Tidal influence is evidenced by the occurrence of salt tolerant plants such as cordgrass and pickleweed in low spots. Among the mammals that can be seen are gray fox, coyote, mink, weasel, and river otter.

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

Recreational Opportunities

fishing Wildlife Viewing Waterfowl Hunting Hunting with Shotguns

Activities: fishing, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, and hunting

Hunting: Type C Wildlife Area. Waterfowl, coot, 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.

Area History

Elk River Valley, including the Wildlife Area, has been used for livestock grazing, dairy farming or other agricultural purposes since the 1800s. Until the early 1900s, a small town known as Elk River Corners was located just north of the property. Only one building still remains.

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

2 miles south of Eureka, on the east side of Hwy 101

Access: From Highway 101 just south of Eureka, turn east onto Elk River Road. 

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