News Room


Contact an Information Officer

Search News

Search 2021-2022 CDFW news releases, or browse by date

News Archive

2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018

More CDFW News


Sign up to receive CDFW News by email*:

    *Accredited media representatives should contact an Information Officer to be placed on CDFW’s media list.


    Follow on Twitter @CaliforniaDFW

    Follow on Facebook

    CDFW’s Ocean Ranch Unit Opens to Waterfowl Hunting, Public Access on Jan. 2, 2023
    • December 29, 2022
    A panoramic overview of the Ocean Ranch Unit in Humboldt County.

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is pleased to announce that its Ocean Ranch Unit in Humboldt County, part of the larger Eel River Wildlife Area, will open to waterfowl hunting and general public access beginning Monday, January 2, 2023.

    Over the past two years, the unit has been subject to periodic public closures to allow for heavy construction and habitat restoration work to benefit native plant, fish and wildlife species. All restoration efforts are now complete. Improved public access and enjoyment of the property also has been a focus of the work, and the unit now offers a formal trail system, improved parking, a new launch for kayaks and canoes, and interpretive signage.

    Waterfowl hunters especially should be aware of changed conditions within the Ocean Ranch Unit, including new trails, deep-water channels and varying wetland habitat features.

    A Type C wildlife area, the Ocean Ranch Unit is open to both to walk-in and boat-in hunting. No reservations, hunting passes or entry permits are required beyond a valid California hunting license and a California Duck Validation and Federal Duck Stamp for adult hunters.


    Media Contacts:
    Shawn Fresz, CDFW Northern Region, (707) 601-6281
    Peter Tira, CDFW Communications, (916) 215-3858

    Categories: Habitat Restoration, Hunting, Lands, Wildlife

    Comments are closed.