Rhode Island Wildlife Area


Rhode Island Wildlife Area is a 67-acre island, the perimeter of which contains alder, willow, blackberry and tules. The marsh vegetation of tules and cattails exists in water up to several feet deep. Island habitat provides for river otters, beavers, muskrat and many species of birds, including: nesting wood duck, cinnamon teal, mallards, great blue heron, black crowned night heron, common and snowy egrets, and other riparian-associated passerines.


For more information, call the Bay Delta Region Fairfield office at (707) 428-2002.

Recreational Opportunities

Boating Access Fishing Wildlife Viewing Hunting with Shotguns Waterfowl Hunting

Activities: fishing, wildlife viewing, and hunting


Type C: Rhode Island 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.

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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Area History

The island was once leveed and reclaimed, but due to a levee failure farming was abandoned. It was used as a duck hunting club by the previous owners. Few improvements exist on the island. A large barge with a house built upon it was moored at the approximate location of the levee break, but this structure was destroyed by fire in 1984, prior to Department acquisition of an additional 12 acres. The property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 2002.

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Bay Delta Region (Region 3)

Contra Costa County

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