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San Pablo Bay Wildlife Area

Description

The approximately 11,000-acre San Pablo Bay Wildlife Area includes tidal marshes and sloughs, tidal mudflats, shallow water, and other lowland wildlife habitat. The floristics are typically estuarine with cordgrass and pickleweed predominating throughout the lower zonation. The marsh-mudflat-slough complex is an important feeding and nursery area for a variety of marine fish species: striped bass, salmon, etc. The area's fauna also includes birds and mammals, several of which are sensitive species.

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


Recreational Opportunities

Boating Access Fishing Wildlife Viewing Hunting with Shotguns Waterfowl Hunting

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: fishing, wildlife viewing, and hunting

Hunting: Type C Wildlife Area. Authorized species: waterfowl, coots, and moorhens. Blinds shall be available on first-come, first-served basis.

Please observe and respect adjacent private property.

Be careful when walking in the area. There are many small ditches used for mosquito control. Use caution when wading in ponds or sloughs. Pond and slough bottoms are soft and irregular.

Be aware of tidal changes as many of the sloughs are affected and are not navigable on minus tides. When anchoring boats along main sloughs, allow enough anchor chain for water level changes, and enough room for other boats to navigate.

Area History

The purpose for which the property was acquired was to provide for public hunting opportunity; protection of the environment; and wildlife and botanical study. The area has high wildlife and aesthetic values. It was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1976. Land use has consisted of sport hunting and fishing, as well as birdwatching, canoeing, and hiking. In recent years, there have been projects to restore habitat for migratory bird and sensitive species by removing invasive plants and restoring native plants.


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


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


Map of San Pablo Bay WA

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Location

Bay Delta Region (Region 3)

Marin County

between the mouths of the Petaluma River and Gallinas Creek

Access: By boat only via the Petaluma River. Boat launch ramps are located at the Petaluma Marina and on the west side of the Highway 37 bridge (Black Point Boat Launch Ramp, Harbor Drive, Novato).

Topographic Map (PDF)

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