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Lokern Ecological Reserve


The Lokern Ecological Reserve is approximately 3,100 acres of marsh, valley sink scrub, and valley saltbush scrub habitat. Vegetation in the marsh habitat includes tule, cattail and other common marsh species. Animal species include frogs, snakes, turtles, shorebirds, ducks, geese, herons, blackbirds, shrews, raccoons, voles, and tule elk. Typical native plant species in valley sink scrub are iodine bush and seepweed, with the understory dominated by non-native species. Toads, raptors, larks, weasels, and more can be found in this habitat.

For more information, call the Central Region Fresno office Conservation Building at (559) 243-4014.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing

Activities: wildlife viewing

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

The valley lands originally supported large herds of elk and antelope, and feral horses that grazed mainly on native grasses and forbs. Much of the native vegetation has been replaced by introduced species or has been eliminated by cultivation and overgrazing. The property was designated an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1995.

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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Central Region (Region 4)

Kern County

Directions: Hwy 58 and Lokern Rd, about 2.5 mi W of Buttonwillow.

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