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Merrills Landing Wildlife Area


Merrill's Landing Wildlife Area is 296 acres of high terrace riparian habitat that contains a large river island, and supports a heron rookery as well as a diversity of bird and mammal species.

For more information, call the Northern Region Redding office at (530) 225-2300.

Recreational Opportunities

boat Ramp Wildlife Viewing Turkey Hunting Pheasant Hunting Quail Hunting

Activities: wildlife viewing, birdwatching, and hunting

Hunting: Type C Wildlife Area. Turkey, pheasant, quail, and dove may be present.

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

Until about 1968, the area now known as Merrill's Landing Wildlife Area was probably a climax riparian habitat. Since then, a major portion of the property has been under cultivation from time to time.

Between 1952 and 1972, 29 percent of the riparian habitat along the upper Sacramento River was lost to agricultural reclamation. In an effort to retard this conversion rate, the Wildlife Conservation Board purchased property supporting this habitat in 1979. This property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1980.

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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Northern Region (Region 1)

Tehama County

13 miles northwest of Chico on the Sacramento River

Access: by boat

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