California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Los Banos Wildlife Area - Merced County

fishing boating water restrooms Waterfowl Hunting Allowed Pheasant Hunting Allowed Hunting with Shotgun Allowed Wildlife Viewing Archery

ANNOUNCEMENT: Flood up maps are current as of 08/18/2014.  Due to changing weather, water availability and management needs, the flood up schedule may change at any time.

Location/ Directions: 4 miles NE of Los Banos. From Hwy 152 near the E edge of Los Banos, turn N on Hwy 165; travel N 3 miles and then E (right) on Henry Miller Ave. for 3/4 mile.

Phone Number: (209) 826-0463

Map: Directional Map (PDF)    Directional Map (More Detail) (PDF)   Hunt Map (PDF)

Description: Purchased in 1929, Los Banos Wildlife Area was the first of a series of waterfowl refuges established throughout the state to manage habitat for wintering waterfowl. Expanded from its original 3,000 acres, there are now 6,217 acres of wetland habitat which includes lakes, sloughs and managed marsh. Only designated roads are open to motor vehicles, but with some exceptions, you can walk or bicycle over the whole area. Western pond turtles, raccoons, striped skunks, beaver and muskrats, as well as over 200 species of birds are among the many animals found here.

A CDFW Lands Pass is required for non-hunting recreational purposes on Los Banos Wildlife Area.

Special access blind site available for mobility impaired hunters. (209) 826-0463

Special Restrictions: Limited to shotguns and archery equipment.

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.