O'Neill Forebay Wildlife Area


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O’Neill Forebay Wildlife Area is 700 acres. It consists of eight miles of artificial waterways and riparian habitat, including four small shallow ponds. Wildlife includes black-tailed deer, cottontail, and 127 species of birds. Past land use was primarily the grazing of cattle. The property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1974.

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

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Hunting with Shotguns Bow Hunting Waterfowl Hunting Quail Hunting Pheasant Hunting Restrooms

Activities: wildlife viewing and hunting


Type C: O'Neill Forebay 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.

Foot access only

Last update : 2/10/2023 8:01:08 AM
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Central Region (Region 4)

Merced County

10 miles west of Los Banos and 2 miles south of Santa Nella, west of Hwy 33

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