West Hilmar Wildlife Area


West Hilmar Wildlife Area is 340 acres of oaks, cottonwoods and grasslands. The great blue heron and great egret are common here. The property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1994.

For more information, call the Los Banos office at (209) 826-0463.

Recreational Opportunities

Boating Access Wildlife Viewing Quail Hunting Waterfowl Hunting Pheasant Hunting

Activities: wildlife viewing and hunting


Type C: West Hilmar 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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You may not operate a drone on CDFW Lands without a Special Use Permit.

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Central Region (Region 4)

Merced & Stanislaus Counties

on the east side of the San Joaquin River, approx. 4 miles downstream from Hills Ferry

Access: by boat only

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