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Otay Mountain Ecological Reserve


The Otay Mountain Ecological Reserve is an approximately 1,200-acre property with habitat types including chamise chaparral, southern mixed chaparral, coastal sage scrub, southern interior cypress forest, riparian woodland, and oak woodland. Wildlife includes mule deer, gray fox, red-tailed hawk, and Pacific tree frog.

The property was acquired to protect endangered and sensitive wildlife, native plants and special habitats, and to allow for limited hunting opportunities. It was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 2000.

For more information, call the South Coast Region San Diego office at (858) 467-4201.

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.

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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South Coast Region (Region 5)

San Diego County

Directions: Head East on state highway 94. Take Otay Lakes Rd. Take the dirt road into Jamul Valley south of Otay Lakes Rd.

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