Elk River Wildlife Area


The 104-acre Elk River Wildlife Area was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1991. It consists of both coastal salt marsh and riparian wetlands. Tidal influence is evidenced by the occurrence of salt tolerant plants such as cordgrass and pickleweed in low spots. Among the mammals that can be seen are gray fox, coyote, mink, weasel, and river otter.

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

Recreational Opportunities

fishing Wildlife Viewing Waterfowl Hunting Hunting with Shotguns

Activities: fishing, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, and hunting

Hunting: Waterfowl, coot, and snipe may be present.

Type C: Elk 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.

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

Area History

Elk River Valley, including the Wildlife Area, has been used for livestock grazing, dairy farming or other agricultural purposes since the 1800s. Until the early 1900s, a small town known as Elk River Corners was located just north of the property. Only one building still remains.

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Northern Region (Region 1)

Humboldt County

2 miles south of Eureka, on the east side of Hwy 101

Access: From Highway 101 just south of Eureka, turn east onto Elk River Road. 

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