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Laguna Wildlife Area


Laguna Wildlife Area, at 539 acres, is the second largest freshwater wetland complex in Northern California. This marsh wetland includes Mark West creek. Vernal pools can be found here.

For more information, call the Bay Delta Region's Fairfield office at (707) 428-2002.

Recreational Opportunities

boat access only wildlife viewing fishing hunting with shotgun waterfowl hunting

Activities: wildlife viewing, fishing, and hunting

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

Human use of the Laguna may have begun as long as 8,000 year ago. The area offered an abundance of waterfowl, fish, game, and plant foods, especially acorns. Numerous prehistoric sites have been identified within the Laguna area, representing residential villages, specialized camps, and tool-making locations. European settlement of the area began in earnest in the 1830s, with the establishment of large ranchos under Mexican jurisdiction. After the Mexican-American war and Mexico’s loss of California, many American farmers moved into the area and established a diversified agriculture and market economy, supplying fruit, grain, wood, and other products to the booming San Francisco area.

Along with increasing human population and more intensive agriculture came extensive conversion and modification of terrestrial and aquatic habitats. In recent decades, concern and desire has grown stronger for the preservation and rehabilitation of what remains of the Laguna’s natural beauty, wildlife, and ecological diversity, as well as its scenic agricultural open space. The property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1993.

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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Bay Delta Region (Region 3)

Sonoma County

East of Sebastopol and west of Santa Rosa between Rohnert Park and Russian River

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