Morro Bay Wildlife Area


The Morro Bay Wildlife Area is an approximately 1,300 acre property. Eel grass, ecologically significant as an important food and cover plant, grows on a major portion of the area. Most other significant aquatic plants of the marine zone are species of algae. Although appearing sterile, tidal mudflats provide habitat for very large numbers of invertebrate species. It is the mudflats that are so attractive to shorebirds and supply much of their food. Fish and predatory birds are also present.

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

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Hunting with Shotguns Waterfowl Hunting boat Ramp

Activities: wildlife viewing and hunting


Type C: Morro Bay 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.

Hunt Zone Map (PDF)

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

Pre-Colombian Amerindian inhabitants relied on fishing for both shellfish and finfish as a major source of sustenance. There is evidence that clams and abalone were bartered, and finfish were procured by seines and spears. In addition, wild fowl were caught in nets woven from tules.

The purpose of the acquisition was to provide protection and enhancement of the wetland ecosystem of submerged and tidelands and provide for increased public use opportunities. The property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1997.

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Central Region (Region 4)

San Luis Obispo County

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