Tolay Creek Unit

On this page, you’ll find a consolidation of unit-specific information gathered from Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations, the CDFW website, the California Hunting Regulations manual, public maps, and all other known sources, including:

  1. General information about the WLA
  2. Authorized activities
  3. A summary of area-specific rules and regulations
  4. Hunting maps
  5. Driving directions
  6. Other useful information and links
  7. Excerpts of applicable rules and regulations

Warning shot!!! Go to the introduction page for links to summaries of other relevant rules and regulations, e.g. Migratory Bird Treat Act and general State law.  Remember that there may be additional rules located at the Wildlife Area (e.g. check station, information kiosks, permits, reservations, road signs, etc.)

A. General Info:



  • Authorized Activities:
  1. Waterfowl hunting: geese, ducks, coot & moorhen
  2. Upland game bird hunting: doves, pheasant, quail & snipe
  3. Small game hunting: rabbits
  4. Other Activities: sport fishing, birdwatching, photography, bicycling and hiking
  • City: 25 miles north of San Francisco
  • County: Napa, Solano and/or Sonoma
  • Habitat: tidal, diked and seasonally flooded wetland, sloughs, rivers, salt ponds and diked agricultural fields___
  • Location: see our Google map
  • Phone: (707) 944-5500
  • Recreational use: Type C
  • Region 3: Bay Delta map
  • Size: 14,000 acres (WLA)___
  • Waterfowl Zone: Balance of State
  • Website: Napa-Sonoma Marshes and Maps, including boat launch sites

B. All Hunting:

Hunt map

Hunt map

  • Access: by boat from from Tolay Creek via the San Francisco Bay (see our Google map)
  • Access: by foot from parking area (see our Google map)
  • Archery: a bow and arrow or crossbow bolts with flu-flu fletching is allowed ONLY for the purpose of hunting migratory game birds or small game within designated shoot areas except that for waterfowl, conventionally fletched arrows may also be used while sitting on the water from scullboats or similar watercraft. Warning shots!!! During any archery season, archers may NOT possess a firearm while in the field hunting (see our summary
  • Boat ramps: see our Google map
  • Camping & trailers: NOT allowed
  • Dog hunting: NOT allowed from Mar. 2 – Jun. 30 (see our summary of dog hunting/training restrictions)
  • Dog leashes: required except when hunting
  • Fires: NOT allowed
  • Hunter capacity: NO limit
  • Passes: not required__
  • Permits: not required__
  • Reservations: n/a
  • Shotguns:
  1. Shot: ONLY non-toxic shot approved by the USFWS may be possessed at the Tolay Creek Unit south of Hwy 37  [ref. § 550(cc)(4)(E)]
  • Weapons: NO rifles or pistols may be possessed—ONLY shotguns and archery equipment ___

C. Waterfowl Season:

  • Blinds: permanent blinds are NOT allowed
  • Hunt days: Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays
  • Shotguns:
  1. Shot: ONLY non-toxic shot approved by the USFWS

D. Dove Seasons

Dove hunting in California

Dove Hunting

  • Hunt days:
  1. Early season: DAILY during open season (Sept. 1 – 15, 2013)
  2. Late season: NO dove hunting

E. Pheasant Season:

Pheasant hunting in California

Pheasant hunting

  • Hunt days: Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays during open season (Nov. 9 – Dec. 22, 2013)

F. Quail Season:

Quail hunting in California

Quail Hunting

  • Hunt days: Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays during open season in Zone Q2 (Sep. 28 – Jan 26, 2014)

G. Rabbit Season:

Rabbit hunting in California

Rabbit hunting

  • Hunt days: DAILY during the early dove season (Sept. 1 – 15, 2013)

H. Snipe Season:

California rules and regulations for hunting snipe on national wildlife refuge, California wildlife areas, and California ecological reserves

Snipe Hunting

  • Hunt days: Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays during open season (Oct 19. – Feb 2, 2014)

I. Other Activities:

  • Dog leashes: required except when hunting
  • Camping & trailers: NOT allowed
  • Fires: NOT allowed
  • Sportfishing: common species include, ___

J . Regulations2013-14 Waterfowl Booklet

(49) Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area

Type C Area 14,000 acres

Location and Access: Located west and north of Highway 37 near the city of Vallejo, east and south of Highway 121 near the cities of Sonoma and Napa. Access: Access points include parking areas at the Huichia Creek, Tolay Creek, Wingo and Ringstrom Bay units, and by boat access via the Napa River, Sonoma Creek Dutchman, Napa, South, Hudeman and other tributary sloughs. Daily Hunter Capacity: No limit. For information call (707) 944-5500.

(A) Method of Take Restrictions: No rifles or pistols may be used or possessed.

(B) Hunt Days: Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during open seasons for authorized species, except that doves and rabbits may be hunted daily during the September dove season.

(C) Authorized Species: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, snipe, rabbits, quail, pheasants, and doves.

(D) Camping and Trailers: Not allowed.

(E) Special Restrictions: White Slough Unit: Closed to all hunting and firearms and archery equipment use. American Canyon Unit: Closed to all hunting and firearms and archery equipment use south of the PG&E power lines. Green Island Unit and Southern Crossing Unit: Closed to the public until restoration activities are near completion. Tolay Creek Unit: Only steel or other nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may be used or possessed south of Highway 37. All units: Dogs are not allowed from March 2 through June 30 and must be on a leash at all other times except as follows: holders of a valid hunting license may use dogs during hunting seasons. Campfires are prohibited. Permanent blinds are prohibited.


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