Albany Mudflats Ecological Reserve


The Albany Mudflats Ecological Reserve is 160 acres of tidal mudflats with a narrow band of salt marsh, pickleweed, cordgrass vegetation for shorebirds and waterfowl. Large numbers of shorebirds, herons, egrets, feed on the mudflats at ebb tide while diving and dabbling ducks, gulls and terns forage at flood tide.

The property was acquired by lease from the California State Lands Commission in 1982 for the purpose of protecting wetlands and associated fish and wildlife values. It was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1986.

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

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Fishing Hiking

This ecological reserve is adjacent to or shares marine habitat with a Marine Protected Area (MPA). For the public use regulations for MPAs, see Section 632, Title 14, CCR.

Activities: wildlife viewing, fishing, 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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Bay Delta Region (Region 3)

Alameda County

East side of San Francisco Bay between Albany and Richmond and north of Golden Gate Fields.

Directions: I-80 or I-580 to Central Ave. in Albany, then west toward Pt. Isabel Regional Shoreline and Eastshore State Park provides access to the northern boundary of the ecological reserve. The S.F. Bay Trail skirts the north, east and south portions of the reserve. To access the southern portion take Buchanan Street west of I-80 towards the Albany Bulb to the Waterfront/Bay Trail.

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