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Imperial Wildlife Area


Imperial Wildlife Area is approximately 7,900 acres of salt marshes, freshwater ponds, and desert scrub. Levees and canals form terraces between seasonally flooded ponds and fields. There are also roads throughout the area. Abundant waterfowl and shorebirds can be found here, as well as the endangered desert pupfish. Units include: Wister, Finney-Ramer, and Hazard.

For more information, call the area at (760) 359-0577 or the Inland Deserts Region's Bermuda Dunes office at (760) 200-9174.

Recreational Opportunities

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Activities: wildlife viewing, fishing, and hunting

Summer days can reach temperatures to 120 degrees. Knowledge of desert survival recommended.

Special access blind sites are available for mobility impaired hunters.

Imperial Wildlife Area cannot currently maintain a huntable population of pheasants, and is closed to pheasant hunting until further notice. CDFW is working to create and maintain additional and sustainable habitat that will allow pheasant hunting to resume in the future.

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

Prior to development, the area was most likely a desert scrub community. In 1905, the Colorado River broke through an irrigation project and created the Salton Sea. This sea is saltier than the ocean.

At the time of acquisition, approximately 60% of the property was under cultivation, with the remainder undeveloped. The property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1951. In 1972, about 200 acres were removed to form the Imperial Warmwater Fish Hatchery. In recent decades, the majority of the property has been developed as marsh and green feed, including roads, levees, and canals.

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Last update : 12/13/2018 4:51:48 PM

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

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Inland Deserts Region (Region 6)

Imperial County

east side of the Salton Sea on Hwy 111, 5 miles NW from Niland

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