Watsonville Slough Ecological Reserve


The Watsonville Slough Ecological Reserve is 589 acres of coastal and valley freshwater marsh habitat. The property was received from Hyponex Corporation of Indiana, as part of a mitigation agreement, and was acquired to protect its excellent wetland values. It was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1998.

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

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Hiking Trails

Activities: wildlife viewing, hiking

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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You may not operate a drone on CDFW Lands without a Special Use Permit.


Bay Delta Region (Region 3)

Santa Cruz County

Directions: From Hwy 1, exit Green Valley Rd/Main and go west. Left on Lee Rd. Reserve is between Lee Rd and Hwy 1.

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