Eel River Wildlife Area


The approximately 2,600 acre Eel River Wildlife Area contains salt marsh, pasture, wet meadow, brackish marsh, and coastal scrub. It also includes one of the largest riparian forests remaining on California's north coast. The area is regularly used by raptors, and tundra swans, waterfowl, and shorebirds also occur on the area. Mammals include fox, deer, river otter, and a variety of marine mammals.

The area’s historic primary use has been dairy farming and cattle ranching. The property was acquired to protect and enhance coastal wetland habitat, and was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1968.

For more information, call the Northern Region Eureka office at (707) 445-6493.

Recreational Opportunities

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Activities: fishing, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, hiking, hunting

Woodcutting permits are available at the Eureka office.

Hunting: Waterfowl and snipe may be present.

Type C: Eel River Wildlife Area does not require the purchase of a hunting pass for entry. Entry permits and/or passes or special drawing may be required for hunting on some Type C wildlife areas.

Facilities: None

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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Northern Region (Region 1)

Humboldt County

15 miles southwest of Eureka, off Highway 101

Access: From Highway 101 take Hookton Road west to Table Bluff Road.

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