San Felipe Creek Ecological Reserve


San Felipe Creek Ecological Reserve is approximately 1,900 acres. San Felipe Creek provides a corridor of unique and highly valuable habitat. Habitat types include marsh, creosote bush scrub, mesquite woodland, mesquite dune, alkali sink scrub, and wash community.

The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1994. A restoration project removed tamarisk, which had invaded the desert wash, and restored native desert riparian habitat. Evapotranspiration by tamarisk causes loss of surface flows, and removal of tamarisk prevents this loss. Surface flow, and backwaters that may reform after tamarisk removal, are essential to maintaining San Felipe Creek as endangered fish habitat.

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

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Hiking Trails Deer Hunting

Activities: wildlife viewing, hiking, hunting

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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Inland Deserts Region (Region 6)

Imperial County

Directions: Hwy 86 just south of junction with 78. Exit Old Kane Spring Rd west to reserve.

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