The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has suspended the lands pass requirement at some state locations in response to a request from other state agencies.
The lands pass requirement is suspended indefinitely at the following CDFW properties
- Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve
- Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
- Buena Vista Lagoon Ecological Reserve
- Crescent City Marsh Wildlife Area
- Eel River Wildlife Area
- Elk Creek Wetlands Wildlife Area
- Elk River Wildlife Area
- Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve
- Fay Slough Wildlife Area
- Grizzly Island Wildlife Area
- Honey Lake Wildlife Area
- Imperial Wildlife Area
- Lake Earl Wildlife Area
- Mad River Slough Wildlife Area
- Mendota Wildlife Area
- Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area (Green Island Unit)
- North Grasslands Wildlife Area
- San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve
- Tehama Wildlife Area
- Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
- Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area
Lands pass implementation has also been postponed at the Cache Creek Wildlife Area, in Lake County, during an adjustment of management responsibilities between CDFW and federal government.
The following CDFW areas will continue implementing the lands pass requirement:
- Ash Creek Wildlife Area
- Bass Hill Wildlife Area
- Battle Creek Wildlife Area
- Boden Canyon Ecological Reserve
- Butte Valley Wildlife Area
- Canebrake Ecological Reserve
- Gray Lodge Wildlife Area
- Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area
- Hope Valley Wildlife Area
- Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area
- Los Banos Wildlife Area
- Mouth of Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area
- North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve
- San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area
- San Jacinto Wildlife Area
- Shasta Valley Wildlife Area
- Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area
- Volta Wildlife Area
- Willow Creek Wildlife Area
- Woodbridge Ecological Reserve
CDFW’s Lands Pass Program began in 1988 as a way to broaden the funding base beyond hunters and anglers to pay for conservation and habitat improvement on some of the state’s most popular and frequently visited wildlife areas and ecological reserves. In 2012, the California Legislature directed CDFW to expand the program to more properties as a way for all visitors to contribute to the management of the places they enjoy and appreciate.
CDFW is working to gather information and determine the next steps in resolving the questions and concerns.
For more information on the CDFW lands pass or to purchase a lands pass, please go to www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-pass.
Anyone with a valid California fishing or hunting license may use any of the lands areas without paying the additional fees, however you must have your license in your possession.