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Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area


The approximately 6,100-acre Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area provides a wildlife corridor between Otay Mountain and the Jamul Mountains. Habitat includes coastal sage scrub, chaparral, oak woodlands, riparian forests, freshwater marshes, and grasslands. Elevation ranges from a low of 750' to 2,100' at the highest peak.

For more information, call the South Coast Region San Diego office at (858) 467-4201.

Recreational Opportunities

wildlife viewing hunting with shotgun quail hunting pheasant hunting

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands, refer to the link opens in new windowCDFW Public Lands Regulations (PDF). All visitors are responsible for knowing and following these regulations.

Activities: wildlife viewing and hunting

Area History

In 1831, the Jamul Valley was granted to Pio Pico (former governor of California) as Rancho Jamul. The Burton family occupied the land after Pio Pico, but lost their title at the end of the 1850s. Several farmers began to settle believing it was government land available for homesteading.

In the late 1890s, a San Diego entrepreneur gained control of the land. He sold the property to the former San Diego Mayor in 1916. In 1929, the property was purchased and turned into a cattle ranch, which it remained as until acquisition by the Department. The property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 2001.

Last update : 2/15/2017 4:11:45 PM

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

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South Coast Region (Region 5)

San Diego County

approximately 5 miles east of Jamul and northeast of Lower Otay Lake

Access: Access is via State Hwy 94 (Campo Road), approximately 15 miles south of El Cajon. Turn east on Honey Springs Road. A small CDFW parking area provides for day use.

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