There are at least four sources of rules and regulations applicable to Pond A19 of the Don Edwards S.F. Bay NWR:
- Refuge regulations
- State regulations
- Unit-specific regulations
- Rules posted online or at the refuge or unit
On this page, you’ll find (a) an alphabetical summary of unit-specific regulations and rules posted online; (b) maps to hunt areas, check stations and ponds; (c) text of or links to unit-specific rules and regulations gathered from multiple resources; and (d) other useful info and links. Warning shots!!! Refuge and State regulations are in effect, including those on our “Tidal Areas” page.
A. Waterfowl Hunting Info
- Access: ONLY by boat from the Bay
- Boating laws: be aware of all State and federal laws
- Landing: at specific points on the Bay side of the levee as designated by refuge signs
- Levees: may be pulled across the levee from the SF Bay
- Registration: motor-driven vessels must be registered with DMV or documented by the U.S. Coast Guard (the same is true for sail-powered vessels in excess of 8 feet in length)
- Boats & kayak launches: see our Google map
- Newark Slough: in Newark at Jarvis Landing is ONLY usable at high tides
- Alviso Marina: in Alviso at the County park, which is open from 8 a.m. to one half hour before sunset Warning shot!!! review rules and regulations
- Dumbarton Bridge: kayak put-ins
- Dixon Landing: park at the Starbucks in Milpitas
- Hunt areas:
- Open: Hunt ONLY from the boat inside the pond
- Closed: NO hunting within 300 feet (90 m) of the Union Pacific Railroad track.
- Hunt days: daily
- Hunt map: located near the Mowry Slough Unit (click here)
- Permit: according to the Melisa Amato, the Waterfowl Hunting Program Coordinator, a permit is NOT required because this is now a “tidal area”
- Shooting: NO shooting from the levees
- Violations: permits may be revoked by the Refuge Manager or Refuge Officers for any alleged or suspected violation of these regulations
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We allow hunting of goose, duck, and coot on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations subject to the following conditions:
1. We allow hunting in tidal areas, including salt marshes, sloughs, mudflats, and open waters of the San Francisco Bay. Unless posted in the field and/or noted below, we allow hunting by boat in all refuge tidal areas up to the mean high-water line. We close the following tidal areas to hunting and/or shooting:
i. Newark Slough to hunting and shooting from its source to Hetch-Hetchy Aqueduct, a distance of 31⁄2 miles (5.6 km);
ii. Dumbarton Point Marsh to the Hetch-Hetchy Aqueduct (west side of Newark Slough); and
iii. The headwaters of Mallard Slough (Artesian Slough) in the vicinity of the Environmental Education Center to hunting, as designated by posted signs.
2. We allow hunting in the 17 salt evaporation ponds listed below. These ponds are surrounded by levees and were formerly part of the San Francisco Bay. We have not opened any other ponds.
ii. Ponds M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M6, and A19 in the Mowry Slough Unit. These ponds are located on the east side of the Bay between Mowry Slough and Coyote Creek. You may only access these ponds by boat. You may land your boat at specific points on the Bay side of the levee as designated by refuge signs. You may pull your boat across the levee from the Bay. We prohibit hunting within 300 feet (90 m) of the Union Pacific Railroad track. These ponds will be open 7 days a week.
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations subject to the following conditions:
1. We allow fishing from land at the Coyote Creek Lagoon in Fremont, the Faber-Laumeister Unit in East Palo Alto, the Dumbarton Fishing Pier, and along the San Francisco Bay shoreline within 1⁄2 mile (0.8 km) of the Dumbarton Fishing Pier. We also allow fishing from boats in the Bay and major slough channels. We close Mallard Slough to boats from March 1 through August 31, and we close Mowry Slough from March 15 to June 15. We prohibit fishing in salt evaporation ponds or marshes.
- Waterfowl Hunting Regulations (Online)
Alviso Pond A19
Located near the Mowry Slough Unit in South San Francisco Bay between Mowry Slough and Coyote Creek
Hunting allowed seven days a week
Access to Pond A19 is by boat only – boats must access A19 from the Bay and hunt from the boat inside the pond
Shooting from levees is prohibited
Ref. pdf download from the Refuge’s Waterfowl Hunting Information webpage