San Luis Reservoir Wildlife Area

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.)


General Info

  • Cottonwood, O'Neil Forebay, Los Banos, North Grasslands, San Luis Reservoir, Volta and West Hilmar WLA map with directions.

    Directions

    Authorized species: all legal species, but CDFW emphasizes-

  1. Big game: deer and pig
  2. Furbearer: gray fox
  3. Small game mammals: rabbit
  4. Upland game birds: turkey, California quail, and dove
  • CDFW symbols: the area webpage only reflects the following activities-

California Department of Fish and Wildlife symbol indicating that deer hunting is authorized on a State wildlife area.California Department of Fish and Wildlife symbol indicating that wild pig hunting is authorized on a State wildlife area.California Department of Fish and Wildlife symbol indicating that quail hunting is authorized on a State wildlife area.California Department of Fish and Wildlife symbol indicating that no rifles or pistols may be used to hunt authorized on a State wildlife area.California Department of Fish & Wildlife archery symbol for hunting migratory game birds, waterfowl, ducks, geese, brant, scaup, snipe, coot, and moorhen with a bow and arrow.


 

  • County: Merced County and Santa Clara County
  • Directions: 30 miles E of Gilroy, on the S side of Pacheco Pass, along Hwy 152.
  • Habitat: steep oak-grassland habitat, typical of the inner coastal range
  • Location: 30 miles E of Gilroy
  • Phone: (209) 826-0463
  • Recreational Use: Type C
  • Region 4: Central
  • Size: 902 acres
  • WebsiteSan Luis Reservoir Wildlife Area

Cottonwood Creek, San Luis Reservoir, O'Neil Forebay WLAHunting

  • Access: foot only
  • Camping: Allowed only in parking lot [14 CCR § 551(m)(24)]
  • Horses: prohibited [14 CCR § 551(l)(24)]
  • Opening weekend: Special draw entry permits are required for all visitor entry during the opening weekend of the Zone A deer season [14 CCR § 551(q)(18)]
  • Wild pig / boar hunting in California.

    Wild Pig

    Pig Hunting: The use of dogs is NOT allowed [14 CCR § 551(o)(54)]

  • Registration: Self-registration is required at the parking lot on Dinosaur Point Road at all other times of year [14 CCR § 551(q)(18)]
  • Vehicles: allowed in the parking lot only [14 CCR § 551(o)(54)]
  • Weapons: no rifles or pistols [14 CCR § 551(r)(47)]
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