Kerman Ecological Reserve


Kerman Ecological Reserve is approximately 1,800 acres. The principal habitat type is annual grassland, though northern claypan vernal pool and alkali desert scrub habitats also occur on this site. Animal species known or suspected to occur at the reserve include waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, lizards, snakes, hare, coyote, badger, and ground squirrel.

For more information, call the Central Region Fresno office Conservation Building at (559) 243-4005.

Recreational Opportunities

wildlife viewing hunting with shotgun

Activities: wildlife viewing, hunting with shotgun (seasonal)

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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You may not operate a drone on CDFW Lands without a Special Use Permit.

Area History

The property was designated an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1990. The purpose of the acquisition was to protect annual grasslands. Past land uses include cattle grazing and management as a waterfowl hunting area. In addition, drainage water from adjacent agricultural operations was historically spilled onto and across the reserve. This land was formerly the property of Mendota Irrigation District, which permitted relatively unrestricted public use of the land.

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Central Region (Region 4)

Kerman County

Directions: Hwy 180, 10 miles east of Mendota. Hwy 180 passes through reserve.

Additional Map

CDFW Lands Viewer