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Liberty Island Ecological Reserve


Liberty Island Ecological Reserve is comprised of the 4,450 acres located in Solano County, encompassing the southern majority of Liberty Island. Most of the ecological reserve is inundated and contains tidal marsh habitat. Common wildlife includes ducks, geese, herons, American bittern, Red-tailed hawk, Northern harrier, Marsh wren, various shorebirds and songbirds, beavers and raccoons.

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

Recreational Opportunities

fishing waterfowl hunting wildlife viewing

Activities: fishing (from boat or shore), waterfowl hunting, and wildlife viewing

No access fee

Boat-in users are advised to be extremely cautious while accessing the reserve. Because the island was a fully functional farm before it was suddenly flooded, there may be hazards beneath the water. While much of the island is completely flooded, it still remains fairly shallow.

Hunting: Open to waterfowl hunting seven days per week during the regular waterfowl season. Hunters may use temporary floating blinds. Hunting blinds must be removed daily.

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

Liberty Island was a fully functioning agricultural property until the levee at the southern end of the island breached in 1998. It is now an inundated island comprising 5,209 acres. CDFW took ownership of the southern portion of the island in 2011. The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 2014 to protect the newly developing wetlands and for special status fish species.

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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)

Solano County

about 8 miles southeast of Dixon between Prospect Slough and Shag Slough; north of Rio Vista

Access: The reserve can be accessed by boat or via the Shag Slough Bridge by taking Highway 113, either south from Dixon, or north from Highway 12, to Binghamton Rd, then go east to Liberty Island Road then south.

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