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North Grasslands Wildlife Area

Description

North Grasslands Wildlife Area is approximately 7,400 acres of wetlands, riparian habitat and uplands, and includes the China Island, Gadwall, and Salt Slough units. These restored and created wetlands are now habitat for the Swainson's hawk and sandhill crane.

For more information, call the Los Banos office at (209) 826-0463.


Recreational Opportunities

Fishing boat Ramp Hunting with Shotguns Waterfowl Hunting Pheasant Hunting Wildlife Viewing

Activities: fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing

ANNOUNCEMENT: Flood up maps are current as of 9/9/2017. Due to changing weather, water availability and management needs, the flood up schedule may change at any time.

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 property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1992.

China Island: Prior to 1840, Native Americans known as the Yokut occupied most of the San Joaquin river basin. Because most of this land was historically flooded, occupancy was limited to high spots and seasonal at best. As waters of the San Joaquin were diverted, flooding was curtailed, thus making the cattle business practices of the past increasingly more dependent on artificially maintained surface water. China Island was primarily used for cattle grazing. The northern portion was sectioned off with a network of fences and graded to support irrigated pasture. The southern portion is predominantly floodplain with little or no improvements ever made. Some recreational waterfowl hunting took place.

Gadwall: The known historical uses on this parcel were cattle grazing and duck hunting. The property was operated as a viable private duck club prior to its purchase by the Department.

Salt Slough: Prior to the 1930s, this land was altered to improve grazing, presumably by Henry Miller, and was operated as a cattle ranch until acquired by the Department. Since this parcel is adjacent to the Salt Slough, it is likely fishing and hunting took place in or around this area.


Last update : 7/20/2017 3:03:20 PM


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


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Location

Central Region (Region 4)

Merced & Stanislaus Counties

6 mi north of Los Banos

Units:

China Island: between Newman and Gustine. From Gustine and the intersection of Hwy 33 and 140, travel 1.7 mi N on Hwy 33, turn right onto Canal School Rd., travel 1.4 mi and turn right onto Brazo Rd, travel 0.7 mi and turn left, proceed 1.2 mi.

Galdwall: approximately two miles east of Los Banos at Santa Fe Grade

Salt Slough: approximately 7 miles north of Los Banos

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