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Napa River Ecological Reserve

Description

The vegetation on the 73-acre Napa River Ecological Reserve has been classified as valley oak-bay riparian forest. The dominant trees are valley oak. The understory varies from brushy to grassy with dominance by common snowberry, Himalaya berry, and Santa Barbara sedge. The Napa River serves as an upstream migrant route for adult steelhead and downstream spring migration of the juvenile and adult steelhead. In addition to once historically numerous steelhead, there is a warmwater fishery as well that includes bluegill, green sunfish, western sucker, and other fish documented from the system. Many bird species occur in the reserve.

For more information, call the Bay Delta Region Napa office at (707) 944-5500.


Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Fishing Hiking Trails Information Kiosk or Visitor Center Restrooms

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands, please refer to the CDFW Public Lands Regulations. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following these regulations.

Activities: wildlife viewing, fishing, and hiking

Area History

The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1976. Its purpose was to conserve one of the last sizable areas of riparian habitat in the Napa Valley and to provide recreational use for the public.

Prior land use is varied. Native American tribes, including the Wappo are known to have inhabited the Napa River Valley prior to European settlement. In 1836 the property became part of a Mexican Land grant. Under this ownership it was used for cattle grazing and social gatherings. Approximately from 1850 to 1880 the property was used annually by various religious organizations as a site for their statewide conventions, drawing up to 4000 people. In addition to these activities the property has also be used for fishing, hiking and swimming.


Related Documents

Outdoor California Article


Last update : 2/15/2017 4:11:45 PM


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


Map of Napa River ER

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Location

Bay Delta Region (Region 3)

Napa County

Directions: Northeast of the town of Yountville on Yountville Crossroad. Exit Hwy 29 at Madison Street signal, going east through town. Take Yountville Crossroad and continue east. See reserve just before Napa River bridge.

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