California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Crescent City Marsh Wildlife Area - Del Norte County

Wildlife Viewing fishing
The symbols above are activities permitted on this Wildlife Area. Click for more info.

Directions: Del Norte County - south of Crescent City.

Phone Number: (707) 464-2523

Map: Directional Map (PDF)

Special Restrictions: Hunting and possession of firearms and archery equipment are prohibited.

Access: From Crescent City, head south on Highway 101; turn left on Elk Valley Road, right on Howland Hill Road, then right on Humboldt Road. The Wildlife Area spans Highway 101.

Description: Crescent City Marsh Wildlife Area consists of 339 acres spanning Highway 101. The area includes beach frontage, coastal freshwater marsh and upland areas of grassland. At its coastal edge, the area is a great place for surf fishing and clamming.

Recreational Use

  • Fishing, bird watching, and wildlife viewing are allowed. The mixture of vegetation communities provides a variety of wildlife habitats. Among the waterfowl species are mallards, teal, gadwall, and wigeon. Raptor populations appear to be relatively high due to the dense gopher populations in the grasslands.

Facilities: None

PLEASE NOTE: Area regulations are subject to change. Special restrictions on recreational uses, hunt days and methods of take are listed in the current year's issue of Hunting and Other Public Uses on State and Federal Areas, available at CDFW offices and places where licenses are sold.


KC/WLB 02/09