Little Panoche Reservoir Wildlife Area


NEW: 2020 CDFW Wildlife Area Operational Changes due to COVID-19
The Department plans to operate wildlife areas and refuges to provide recreational opportunities for the upcoming waterfowl season while keeping hunters and department staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to check the Department’s website for updates. For information on closures, visit the Department’s Closure Page.


Little Panoche Reservoir Wildlife Area was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1973. It is 828 acres in the arid foothills on the western side of the San Joaquin Valley. Shrub-covered hills surround the reservoir. Kit fox, kangaroo rats, and over 100 species of birds, including golden eagles and California quail, can be found here. Past land use was primarily the grazing of cattle.

For more information, call the Los Banos office at (209) 826-0463.

Recreational Opportunities

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Activities: wildlife viewing, fishing, and hunting


Type C: Little Panoche Reservoir 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.

The cattail-lined lake often provides good fishing. It also provides an opportunity for the patient hunter to take a few nice ducks during the waterfowl season.

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 link opens in new windowWaterfowl, Upland Game, and Public Use Regulations (PDF) booklet for both statewide and property-specific regulations. A searchable Property-specific regulations table is also available online.

Last update : 2/4/2021 12:27:21 PM
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Central Region (Region 4)

Fresno County

5 miles west of Hwy 5 and 30 miles west of Firebaugh, on the southern side of Little Panoche Rd.

Access: Foot access only.

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