CDFW Postpones Lands Pass Implementation on Specific Properties

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

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.