Merrills Landing Wildlife Area


Merrill's Landing Wildlife Area is 296 acres of high terrace riparian habitat that contains a large river island, and supports a heron rookery as well as a diversity of bird and mammal species.

For more information, call the Northern Region Redding office at (530) 225-2300.

Recreational Opportunities

boat Ramp Wildlife Viewing Turkey Hunting Pheasant Hunting Quail Hunting

Activities: wildlife viewing, birdwatching, and hunting

Hunting: Turkey, pheasant, quail, and dove may be present.

Type C: Merrill's Landing 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

Until about 1968, the area now known as Merrill's Landing Wildlife Area was probably a climax riparian habitat. Since then, a major portion of the property has been under cultivation from time to time.

Between 1952 and 1972, 29 percent of the riparian habitat along the upper Sacramento River was lost to agricultural reclamation. In an effort to retard this conversion rate, the Wildlife Conservation Board purchased property supporting this habitat in 1979. This property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1980.

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Northern Region (Region 1)

Tehama County

13 miles northwest of Chico on the Sacramento River

Access: by boat

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