CDFW Lands Pass
A CDFW Lands pass is required to access CDFW-managed lands where a fee is required for non-hunting recreational purposes, such as bird watching, hiking, etc. A CDFW Lands Pass is not required for any person who possesses a valid California sport fishing, hunting, or trapping license. Passes must be redeemed at the point of entry for an entry permit. Passes are not area-specific and can be used to access any of the following CDFW-managed lands which require a fee:
- Gray Lodge Wildlife Area
- Grizzly Island Wildlife Area
- Los Banos Wildlife Area
- San Jacinto Wildlife Area
- Imperial Wildlife Area (Wister Unit)
- Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve
- Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
How To Purchase
To purchase either a One Day or Annual CDFW Lands Pass online, use CDFW’s Online License Service (link below). Passes will be mailed to you within 15 days.
Read the “Online License Sales - Before You Start” section and select “Proceed to License Sales” at the bottom of the page. Enter your last name and date of birth, click “Next,” then select “State ID” in the “Identification Type” drop down menu, and enter your driver’s license or ID Card number. If you already have a GO ID and customer profile, the system will automatically go to your customer profile. Make sure all of the information in your profile is correct before proceeding. If you do not have a GO ID / customer profile, (“No Match Found”) you will need to create one. Select “Create New Customer Record” and enter the requested information in every box marked with an asterisk (*). Then click “Save.”
From the customer profile screen, click on “Purchase New Licenses or Draw Application” at the top of the screen. This will take you to the default fishing item catalog. On the left side of the page, click on the green link that reads “2011 Misc.” Then select the CDFW Lands Pass you wish to purchase.
After you have made your selections, select “View Shopping Cart / Checkout.” to complete your transaction. Make sure you complete the transaction by selecting check out and “submit payment.”