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Closures Impact High Public Use Wildlife Areas

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has temporarily closed some of its high public use areas, including Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (Monterey County), Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve (Santa Cruz County), Putah Creek Wildlife Area (Solano County), and some visitor centers and license counters across the state. Before heading to a CDFW property or facility, contact the regional headquarters office to determine if that facility is open.

CDFW is responsible for over one million acres of public lands. Some of these lands remain open and provide an opportunity to recreate and explore the rich diversity of fish, wildlife and habitats that California has to offer. CDFW recommends that all visitors follow guidance for physical distancing (of at least six feet) when visiting public lands. To explore the outdoor opportunities on CDFW public lands, visit

As the coronavirus pandemic situation continues to change, check with your local public health agency and adhere to guidance they provide.