Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area


The approximately 6,100-acre Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area provides a wildlife corridor between Otay Mountain and the Jamul Mountains. Habitat includes coastal sage scrub, chaparral, oak woodlands, riparian forests, freshwater marshes, and grasslands. Elevation ranges from a low of 750' to 2,100' at the highest peak.

For more information, call the South Coast Region San Diego office at (858) 467-4201.

Recreational Opportunities

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Activities: wildlife viewing and hunting

Passes: A CDFW Lands Pass must be in possession by each visitor who is 16 years of age or older, however, visitors who are in possession of 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.
School and organized youth groups, including accompanying adults, are exempt from the lands pass requirement, but should contact the area to schedule a field trip at least two weeks in advance.


Type C: Hollenbeck Canyon 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.

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. A searchable Property-specific regulations table is also available online.

Area History

In 1831, the Jamul Valley was granted to Pio Pico (former governor of California) as Rancho Jamul. The Burton family occupied the land after Pio Pico, but lost their title at the end of the 1850s. Several farmers began to settle believing it was government land available for homesteading.

In the late 1890s, a San Diego entrepreneur gained control of the land. He sold the property to the former San Diego Mayor in 1916. In 1929, the property was purchased and turned into a cattle ranch, which it remained as until acquisition by the Department. The property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 2001.

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South Coast Region (Region 5)

San Diego County

approximately 5 miles east of Jamul and northeast of Lower Otay Lake

Access: Access is via State Hwy 94 (Campo Road), approximately 15 miles south of El Cajon. Turn east on Honey Springs Road. A small CDFW parking area provides for day use.

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