Finney-Ramer Unit

California rules and regulations for hunting ducks, geese, scaup, brant, Canada geese, dark geese, snow geese, white-fronted geese, specklebellies, white geese, and migratory game birds on national wildlife refuges, California wildlife areas, and California ecological reserves

Waterfowl hunting

On this page, you’ll find area-specific regulations that supplement and/or supersede general use regulations, both of which are a condition for use and incorporated by reference into the entry permit. You’ll also find links to supporting law, websites, directions, hunt maps, and a suggestion box.

Warning shot!!! Remember, federal law also applies (link to our summary of the Migratory Bird Treat Act.) and additional may be located at the Wildlife Area that you can’t find anywhere else (e.g. check station, information kiosks, permits, reservations, road signs, etc.)


A. General Info

  • Authorized hunting/fishing:Imperial State Wildlife Area, Wister and Finney-Ramer Units Map
    1. Waterfowl: goose, duck, coot & moorhen
    2. Upland game birds: dove, pheasant, quail & snipe
    3. Small game: rabbit
    4. Furbearers: raccoon
    5. Sport fishing: allowed and common species include ___
  • City: Niland (5 mi. NW)
  • County: Imperial County
  • Directions: GPS___
  • Habitat: salt marshes, freshwater ponds and desert scrub
  • Phone: (760) 359-0577
  • Recreational Use: Type C
  • Region 6: map
  • Size: 5,883 acres
  • Waterfowl Zone: Southern California WF Zone
  • Website: Imperial WLA

B. Conditions for Use

  • Access: ONLY by boat for waterfowl hunting
  • Areas: hunt ONLY by boat in water or islands
  • Boats: (a) required for waterfowl hunting, (b) NO motorboats and (c) electric motors are allowed [ref. § 551(l)(11)]
  • Camping & trailers: Allowed ONLY in designated area
  • Dog field trials: allowed ONLY in designated areas [ref. § 551(l)(4)]
  • Dog training:  Allowed with written authorization from the area manager [ref. § 551(l)(4)]
  • Hunt days: Daily during open seasons from Jul. 1 – Jan. 31
  • Hunt maps:

    Imperial State Wildlife Area, Finney-Ramer Unit map of legal boundaries

    Legal Boundaries

  • Permits & Passes: entry requires both a–
  1. Entry permit for all uses, which are (a) available at the self-service registration booths at both Finney and Ramer lakes and (c) first-come, first-serve
  2. Day use pass OR annual pass UNLESS you are (a) in possession of a license for sport fishing, hunting, or trapping, (b) under 16 years of age OR (c) part of an organized youth or school group with a free permit from the appropriate regional office

[ref. § 551(q)(7)]

  • Shells: 25 max (ONLY during the waterfowl season)
  • Weapons: NO rifles or pistols may be possessed–ONLY shotguns [ref. § 551(r)(24)]
  • Wildlife viewing: required an entry permit and fee [ref. § 551(w)(3)]

C. State Regulations

California rules and regulations for the use of boats while on national wildlife refuges, California state wildlife areas, and California ecological reserves while hunting for ducks and geese (scaup, brant, Canada geese, dark geese, snow geese, white-fronted geese, specklebellies, white geese); migratory game birds (doves, pigeon, snipe, waterfowl) resident small game birds (grouse, pheasant, ptarmigan, quail, turkey), resident small game (jackrabbit, rabbit, squirrel), big game (antelope, bear, deer, elk, pig, sheep), non-game (coyotes, crow, fox, raccoon) and fishing (bullfrogging, commercial fishing, crayfishing, crawfishing and sport fishing)

CA. Hunting Rules & Regulations

(75) Imperial Wildlife Area

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(B) Finney-Ramer Unit

1. Method of Take Restrictions: No rifles or pistols may be used or possessed.

2. Ammunition Restrictions: A hunter shall not possess more than 25 shot shells while in the field during the waterfowl season.

3. Hunt Days: Daily during open seasons for authorized species during the period July 1 through January 31.

4. Day Use Pass Requirement for Public Access: Daily entry permits are required of all persons hunting or for other area uses. A day use pass or annual wildlife pass is required of all users except for users that possess a valid California sport fishing license, hunting license, or trapping license or users that are under 16 years of age, or users that are part of an organized youth or school group and having free permits issued by the appropriate regional office.

5. Checking Station: Entry permits are required and will be available at the self-service registration booths at both Finney and Ramer lakes on a first-come, first-served basis.

6. Authorized Species: Waterfowl, snipe, coots, moorhens, quail, doves, pheasants, rabbits, and raccoons.

7. Boats: Boats are required for waterfowl hunting; however, no motor-driven boats, except those with electric motors, shall be permitted.

8. Camping and Trailers: Allowed only in designated area at Finney Lake.

9. Special Restrictions: Waterfowl hunting is allowed only from boats and islands. Dog field trials are allowed only in designated areas.

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