California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Laguna Wildlife Area - Sonoma County

fishing Waterfowl Hunting Allowed Wildlife Viewing Hunting with Shotgun Allowed Boat Access Only

Activities: wildlife viewing, fishing, and waterfowl hunting

Location: East of Sebastopol & West of Santa Rosa. The only unit with public access is the Occidental Road Unit from just north of Occidental Road to Guerneville Road.  Foot or terrestrial access to the Occidental Road Unit is prohibited because there is no visitor right-of-way

Phone Number: For more information, call the Bay Delta Region Napa office at (707) 944-5500.

Map: Directional Map (PDF) | Topographic Map (PDF)

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands, please refer to the Public Lands Regulations Booklet on the CDFW Regulations page. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following these regulations.

Description: Laguna Wildlife Area, at 539 acres, is the second largest freshwater wetland complex in Northern California.

Hunting: waterfowl hunting, including coots and moorhens, is permitted only within the Occidental Road Unit and only on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the waterfowl hunt season.

The Timber Hill, Blucher Creek, and Cooper Road units are closed to hunting. Only the wetland portions of the Occidental Road Unit associated with the Laguna de Santa Rosa are open to hunting. Hunting is allowed only when the Laguna de Santa Rosa is navigable and the wetlands are accessible by boat.

No rifles or pistols may be used or possessed. Dogs are prohibited from March 2 through June 30.

History: Human use of the Laguna may have begun as long as 8,000 year ago. The area offered an abundance of waterfowl, fish, game, and plant foods, especially acorns. Numerous prehistoric sites have been identified within the Laguna area, representing residential villages, specialized camps, and tool-making locations. European settlement of the area began in earnest in the 1830s, with the establishment of large ranchos under Mexican jurisdiction. After the Mexican-American war and Mexico’s loss of California, many American farmers moved into the area and established a diversified agriculture and market economy, supplying fruit, grain, wood, and other products to the booming San Francisco area.

Along with increasing human population and more intensive agriculture came extensive conversion and modification of terrestrial and aquatic habitats. In recent decades, concern and desire has grown stronger for the preservation and rehabilitation of what remains of the Laguna’s natural beauty, wildlife, and ecological diversity, as well as its scenic agricultural open space. The property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1993.