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Volta Wildlife Area


Volta Wildlife Area is approximately 3,800 acres of managed marsh and valley alkali shrub. Wildlife includes beaver, coyotes, cottontails and 150 species of birds including large numbers of waterfowl and shorebirds.

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

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Fishing Hunting with Shotguns Bow Hunting Waterfowl Hunting Pheasant Hunting

Activities: wildlife viewing and hunting

Foot access only, except for permitted hunters during waterfowl season.

link opens in new windowHunt Map (PDF)

ANNOUNCEMENT: Flood up maps are current as of 9/8/2018. Due to changing weather, water availability and management needs, the flood up schedule may change at any time.

Passes: A CDFW Lands Pass must be carried by each visitor who is 16 years of age or older, however, visitors who are carrying a valid California hunting or fishing license in their name are exempt from this requirement. Lands passes may be purchased on-line, by phone at (800) 565-1458, or in-person at locations wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold. Lands passes cannot be substituted for Wildlife Area Hunting Passes, which are required for adult hunters on Type-A and Type-B wildlife areas.

School and organized youth groups, including accompanying adults, are exempt from the lands pass requirement, but need to contact the area to schedule a field trip.

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

Beginning in 1949 a series of meetings were held throughout California to discuss acquisition of wetlands for State-owned waterfowl management areas. Purposes for acquisition included the economic necessity to protect agricultural crops from waterfowl depredation, the recognition of a need to protect waterfowl wintering habitat, and a desire to accommodate public waterfowl hunting. One result of these meetings was that Volta Wildlife Area was approved in concept.

In 1952, a lease agreement was initiated for the Department to manage the property, which has been renegotiated several times since. This property has been managed primarily as seasonally flooded wetland to provide the habitat needs of migratory waterfowl and associated species. It was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1973.

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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Central Region (Region 4)

Merced County

3/4 mi north of Volta on Ingomar Grade

Directions: From Hwy 152 take Hwy 33 north to Santa Nella, or from I-5 take the Santa Nella exit and proceed south on Hwy 33; turn east on Henry Miller Ave and travel east 4-1/2 mi; turn left over the railroad tracks and turn left again and proceed north about 3/4 mi on Ingomar Grade Rd.

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