California Wildlife Area Maps with Legal Boundaries

On this page, you’ll find instructions for using California Wildlife Area Maps of legal boundaries published by The California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW). This is useful because maps distributed at Wildlife Areas are for general guidance only. Nevertheless, you’re responsible for knowing the legal boundaries. The only other place to get them is from the CDFW headquarters, which is located at 1416 9th Street, 12th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814. Most people don’t know about this–even CDFW employees–but you can get the legal boundaries online. We’ll show you how to do it.

California Wildlife Area MapsStep 1

Click here and you’ll go to a Google “fusion table” for California Department of Fish and Wildlife Owned and Operated Lands, which includes wildlife areas and ecological reserves.


Wildlife Area Boundary MapsStep 2

Click the down arrow in the blue “Filter” box and select “Name.”  Type the name of the public land that you’re looking for. In this example, we use type “Grizzly Island Wildlife Area.” Select the area and click the “Find” button.


Wildlife Area Boundaries MapStep 3

Double-click the text in the “Description” column.


Step 4

Wildlife Area Legal BoundariesAfter the window pops up, scroll down and click “preview KML.”


Step 5

Wildlife Area Boundary MapA window pops up with the legal boundaries highlighted in red. Click “Satellite” view if you wish. To zoom in, click the + in the lower righthand corner.