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Grizzly Island Waterfowl Management Area
Grizzly Island Waterfowl Management Area    

This area is located within the Suisun Marsh, in Solano County. It is owned and operated by CDFW. There are approximately 7,900 acres open to hunting. Grizzly Island Wildlife Area Complex is divided into several units.

Birds: waterfowl, pelicans, raptors.

Hiking Difficulty: 2

Directions:

  • Take I-680 north to I80 ($5 toll across Benicia Bridge)
  • Take I-80 east to Highway 12
  • Take Highway 12 east for about 3.5 - 4 miles to Grizzly Island Road
  • Turn right on Grizzly Island Road and follow this main road for 9.2 miles to the main visitor's parking lot

We will meet in this parking lot between 8:45 - 9:00AM.

Note: The 9.2 mile stretch on Grizzly Island Road will include a one-lane bridge at 1.2 miles. Drive past the sign to Rush Ranch Open Space at 2.4 miles and a large bridge at 5.5 miles. Also, at 8.9 miles the road splits in to a paved portion (to the left) and a gravel portion (to the right). Be sure to stay on the paved road at 8.9 miles by veering to the left.

**Other info: CA Fish & Game charges $2.50 per person - cash only. Subject to change!

**A herd of elk is on the island and may be seen by those who wish to stay after and explore on their own.

Hiking Difficulty codes:
1=Easy, very few hills to climb
2=Moderately Easy, some small hills to climb
3=Challenging, flat land ranging to gentle to some steep slopes
4=Difficult, some very steep hills to climb

Conversation with a Hawk


One thing we hate to see when we look out the window into the backyard is a brownish streak that zips through and snatches a songbird. The culprit is usually a Cooper’s Hawk or a Sharp-shinned Hawk. And, to make things worse, to watch it eat the bird in front of you. I happened to be out in the yard filling bird baths when this exact thing took place, literally a few feet from me. Luckily, the hawk missed its victim and landed on the bird bath.

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