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San Felipe Creek Ecological Reserve


San Felipe Creek Ecological Reserve is approximately 1,900 acres. San Felipe Creek provides a corridor of unique and highly valuable habitat. Habitat types include marsh, creosote bush scrub, mesquite woodland, mesquite dune, alkali sink scrub, and wash community.

The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1994. A restoration project removed tamarisk, which had invaded the desert wash, and restored native desert riparian habitat. Evapotranspiration by tamarisk causes loss of surface flows, and removal of tamarisk prevents this loss. Surface flow, and backwaters that may reform after tamarisk removal, are essential to maintaining San Felipe Creek as endangered fish habitat.

For more information, call the Inland Deserts Region Bishop office at (760) 872-1171.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Hiking Trails Deer Hunting

Activities: wildlife viewing, hiking, hunting

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 : 10/31/2018 9:35:08 AM

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

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Inland Deserts Region (Region 6)

Imperial County

Directions: Hwy 86 just south of junction with 78. Exit Old Kane Spring Rd west to reserve.

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