Oasis Spring Ecological Reserve


The 485-acre Oasis Spring Ecological Reserve is located along the Salton Sea below the historical high water mark. Plant communities in the area include a Fan Palm Oasis, with vegetation that is an important structural component of fish habitat, the Sonoran Desert Scrub Community, and Desert Fan Palm Oasis Woodland. Observed species include the great blue heron, belted kingfisher, lizards, and snakes.

For more information, call the Inland Deserts Region Ontario office at (909) 484-0167.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Hiking Trails Quail Hunting

Activities: wildlife viewing, hiking, hunting

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

The site was used in the 1900s for agricultural purposes. Well water was used to grow alfalfa for horses. Since the 1950s, tamarisk has invaded the streambeds in the area. The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1993. The site is significant in that it provides habitat for an endangered fish species and additionally has the potential for providing habitat for several species of desert birds and mammals.

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Inland Deserts Region (Region 6)

Riverside County

Directions: Hwy 111 on east side of the Salton Sea to Range Road. North on Range Road to reserve.

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