San Luis Reservoir Wildlife Area


San Luis Reservoir Wildlife Area is 902 acres of steep oak-grassland habitat, typical of the inner coastal range. Several mammals are found on the area, including gray fox, black-tailed deer and wild pigs. 101 species of birds have been recorded in the area. This is also a good area for observing spring wildflowers. 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 Deer Hunting Quail Hunting Wild Pig Hunting Restrooms

Activities: wildlife viewing and hunting

Foot access only.


Type C: San Luis Reservoir Wildlife Area does not require the purchase of a hunting pass for entry. Deer and pig hunting permits are required to access the wildlife area during opening weekend of the A Zone general deer season. Only 30 permits will be issued for each day, Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13.

For more information about pig and deer hunting application, see the news release. Access the application (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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Central Region (Region 4)

Merced & Santa Clara Counties

30 miles east of Gilroy, on the south side of Pacheco Pass, along Hwy 152

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