California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Bair Island Ecological Reserve - San Mateo County

Wildlife Viewing fishing Waterfowl hunting allowed Hunting with Shotgun allowed
The symbols above are activities permitted on this Ecological Reserve. Click for more info.

Phone Number: (707) 944-5500

Map: Directional Map (PDF)

Directions: Located in Redwood City, east of Hwy 101 in San Francisco Bay. Boat launch is located off Seaport Blvd in the Yacht Harbor near the Port of Redwood City.

Description: Bair Island is composed of three islands: Inner, Middle and Outer, totalling approximately 3,000 acres of former salt ponds once owned by Cargill. 1,985 acres are within the Bair Island Ecological Reserve on the Middle and Outer islands. The remainder of the islands are part of the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge. A large portion of the islands have been restored to tidal wetlands.

Special Restrictions: Closed Feb 15 - May 20. Boat access only.

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.