Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area

On this page, you’ll find area-specific regulations that supplement and/or supersede general use regulations, both of which are a condition for use and incorporated by reference into the entry permit. You’ll also find links to supporting law, websites, directions, hunt maps, and a suggestion box.

Warning shot!!! Remember, federal law also applies (link to our summary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.) and additional rules may be located at the Wildlife Area that you can’t find anywhere else (e.g. check station, information kiosks, permits, reservations, road signs, etc.)


General Info

  • Otay Mountain ER and Hollenbeck Canyon WLA and Rancho Jamul ER
    Directions

    Authorized species: ONLY crow, coyote, upland game birds, and resident small game only–

  1. Resident Small Game: rabbit
  2. Nongame: crow and coyote
  3. Upland Game Birds: pheasant, California quail, and band-tailed pigeon

[14 CCR § 551(t)(8)]

  • CDFW symbols: the area webpage only reflects the following activities-

California Department of Fish and Wildlife symbol indicating that quail hunting is authorized on a State wildlife area.California Department of Fish and Wildlife symbol indicating that quail hunting is authorized on a State wildlife area.California Department of Fish and Wildlife symbol indicating that no rifles or pistols may be used to hunt authorized on a State wildlife area.


 

  • County: San Diego County
  • Directions: Located approximately 5 miles east of Jamul and northeast of Lower Otay Lake and accessed via State Hwy 94 (Campo Road).
  • Elevation: 750′ to 2,100′ at the highest peak
  • Habitat: coastal sage scrub, chaparral, oak woodlands, riparian forests, freshwater marshes and grasslands
  • Location: Approx. 15 miles S of El Cajon, off Hwy 94. Turn E on Honey Springs Road. Small CDFW parking area provides for day use.
  • Phone: (858) 467-4201
  • Region 5: South Coast
  • Size: 3,200 acres
  • WebsiteHollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area

Hunting

  • California rules and regulations for using bikes or bicycles on national wildlife refuges, State wildlife areas, and State ecological reserves while while hunting for ducks and geese (scaup, brant, Canada geese, dark geese, snow geese, white-fronted geese, specklebellies, white geese); migratory game birds (doves, pigeon, snipe, waterfowl) resident small game birds (grouse, pheasant, ptarmigan, quail, turkey), resident small game (jackrabbit, rabbit, squirrel), big game (antelope, bear, deer, elk, pig, sheep), non-game (coyotes, crow, fox, raccoon), and/or fishing (bullfrogging, commercial fishing, crayfishing, crawfishing and sport fishing)
    Use of bikes

    Bicycles: only on designated trails or routes [14 CCR § 551(j)(3)]

  • Closures: Hunting is allowed in designated areas only. Closed to hunting February 1 through August 31 [14 CCR § 551(o)(24)]
  • Dog Training: Allowed only in the designated areas from September 1 through February. Only the following species may be used–
  1. Male ring-necked pheasants
  2. Male bobwhite quail
  3. Either sex feral pigeons
  4. Male mallard ducks

Warning shot!!! Release or possession of female ring-necked pheasant, bobwhite quail, mallard, or any other bird species is prohibited. It is unlawful to release or possess a male mallard duck without at least one wing clipped. DOG TRIALS ARE PROHIBITED. [14 CCR § 551(i)(3)]

  • California rules and regulations for the public use of horses and horseback while on national wildlife refuges, California state wildlife areas, and California ecological reserves while hunting for ducks and geese (scaup, brant, Canada geese, dark geese, snow geese, white-fronted geese, specklebellies, white geese); migratory game birds (doves, pigeon, snipe, waterfowl) resident small game birds (grouse, pheasant, ptarmigan, quail, turkey), resident small game (jackrabbit, rabbit, squirrel), big game (antelope, bear, deer, elk, pig, sheep), non-game (coyotes, crow, fox, raccoon) and fishing (bullfrogging, commercial fishing, crayfishing, crawfishing and sport fishing)
    Use of horses

    Horses: Allowed only on designated trails or routes. Horse trailers are permitted within the designated parking area if space is available[14 CCR § 551(l)(10)]

  • Land Management Plan: click here
  • Rules: see below
  • Weapons: NO rifles or pistols [14 CCR § 551(r)(22)]

Public Records Act Disclosures (PRA):

Hollenbeck PRA

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