Location: The River Spring Lakes Ecological Reserve (RSLER) consists of approximately 638 acres, and is located approximately ten miles northwest of the town of Benton, in the Adobe Valley of Mono County.
Purpose of Acquisition: Primarily to maintain and enhance wetland habitat values, provide a potential refuge for endangered Owens pupfish, maintain quality habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds, and provide public access for hunting and nature study.
Description: The following is not a comprehensive list, but rather a list of some site specific management goals*: Improve hydrological conditions necessary to sustain marsh and seep habitats by emphasizing restoration of the natural hydrological regime, restore and maintain the vigor and diversity of the alkali meadow and sagebrush habitats. Provide opportunities for wildlife-related, low impact public recreational activities such as: waterfowl and upland game hunting, bird watching, and nature study.
Environmental Review Process
Notice of Determination: Filed on July 19, 2016, in compliance with Section 21108 or 21152 of the Public Resources Code.
Management Plan Retention
A hard copy of the Management Plan, including public comments and responses, can be viewed during regular office hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at:
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Inland Deserts Region
3602 Inland Empire Blvd., Suite C-220
Ontario, CA 91764
*Implementation of tasks needed to achieve management goals is dependent on the availability of staffing and adequate operations and maintenance budget.