California Department of Fish and Wildlife

San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area - San Diego County

Quail Hunting Allowed Deer Hunting Allowed Wildlife Viewing
The symbols above are activities permitted on this Wildlife Area. Click for more info.

General Location & Directions: Approximately 10 miles northeast of the town of Julian between State Highways 78 and 79. County Highway S-2 bisects the length of the wildlife area and provides public access. Current boundaries are displayed at the information kiosk located on the southwest side of S-2, approximately 11.4 miles east of the junction of Highways S-2 and 79.

Phone Number: (858) 467-4201

Maps: Directional Map (PDF)    Public Use Map (PDF)

Informational Flyer: Current Public Use Opportunities (PDF)

Outdoor California Article: "San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area: A Wild Oasis in Southern California" by Kimberly McKee-Lewis © 2001

Acreage: The total acreage of the wildlife area is currently 14,100 acres. Please see current informational flyer and maps posted in the kiosk or on the website to determine which areas are open for public use.

History/Purpose of Acquisition: The Wildlife Conservation Board has acquired land in three phases for the creation of the San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area. Funding sources have been Proposition 70 (Wildlife and Natural Areas Conservation Program of 1988), Proposition 117 (Habitat Conservation Fund/ Mountain Lion Initiative) and from Proposition 12 (Parks Bond Act of 2000). The purpose of acquisitions includes critical deer migration corridor and deer fawning habitat and oak woodland and riparian habitat protection.

Large acquisitions adjacent to the existing wildlife area in 2003-04 increased the area by over 5,000 acres to the northwest and 7,500 acres to the southeast. Management activities are on-going throughout the wildlife area to ensure public safety, compatible wildlife-dependant public recreation and adequate resource conservation.

Special Restrictions: Use and possession of rifles and pistols may be prohibited in designated areas. Additional restrictions regarding public use exist for the wildlife area; refer to current flyer and on-site kiosk for up to date information.

Management Plan: Notice of Determination for the Final San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area Land Management Plan in San Diego, California

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.