California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Elk Creek Wetlands Wildlife - Del Norte County Area

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

Directions: Del Norte County - east and southeast 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 Highway 101 in Crescent City, take Elk Valley Road east.

Description: The Elk Creek Wetlands Wildlife Area consists of160 acres of riparian, swamp and marsh habitat located at lower Elk Creek. An old log pond supports a variety of aquatic plants that provide cover for waterfowl. Elk Creek supports small runs of anadromous fish and a resident cutthroat trout population.

Recreational Use

  • Fishing, bird watching, and wildlife viewing are allowed. Black tailed deer, weasels, raccoons and gray fox are among the mammals that can be found here. Among the water-associated birds seen are grebes, egrets, and phalaropes, as well as upland birds such as vireos and warblers. Some of the reptiles and amphibians seen occasionally include northwest salamander, gopher snake, and western pond turtle.

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.


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