Cañada de los Osos Ecological Reserve


This approximately 5,800-acre property has a mix of annual grasslands, oak and montane woodland, chaparral, riparian and wetland habitats, with numerous springs and ponds. Raptors, including golden eagles, nest throughout the region and wintering bald eagles are occasionally seen. Several bat species use the area throughout the year. Other wildlife species found on the property include mountain lions, black-tailed deer, wild pigs, wild turkeys, California quail, and Neotropical migrant songbirds.

Formerly known as Stevenson Ranch, the property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 2003. From 2008 to 2010 there was restoration of native grasses on a 45-acre site, providing high quality habitat.

For more information, call the Bay Delta Region Fairfield office at (707) 428-2002.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing

Activities: wildlife viewing, hunting

Hunting: See Cañada de los Osos Apprentice Junior Hunts.

NOTE: Visitors are responsible for knowing and complying with all regulations pertaining to the use of Department lands.

Refer to the Public Uses on State and Federal Lands section of the Waterfowl, Upland Game, and Public Use Regulations (PDF) booklet for both statewide and property-specific regulations.

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Bay Delta Region (Region 3)

Santa Clara County

6 miles east of Gilroy at southern edge of Henry Coe State Park

Access: Hwy 152 east of Gilroy to Canada Road to Jamieson Road and Elephant Head Ridge Road

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