Lokern Ecological Reserve


The Lokern Ecological Reserve is approximately 3,100 acres of marsh, valley sink scrub, and valley saltbush scrub habitat. Vegetation in the marsh habitat includes tule, cattail and other common marsh species. Animal species include frogs, snakes, turtles, shorebirds, ducks, geese, herons, blackbirds, shrews, raccoons, voles, and tule elk. Typical native plant species in valley sink scrub are iodine bush and seepweed, with the understory dominated by non-native species. Toads, raptors, larks, weasels, and more can be found in this habitat.

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

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing

Activities: wildlife viewing

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 valley lands originally supported large herds of elk and antelope, and feral horses that grazed mainly on native grasses and forbs. Much of the native vegetation has been replaced by introduced species or has been eliminated by cultivation and overgrazing. The property was designated an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1995.

Map of Lokern ER - click to enlarge in new window
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Central Region (Region 4)

Kern County

Directions: Hwy 58 and Lokern Rd, about 2.5 mi W of Buttonwillow.

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