Discover Solano Spring 2014

Discover Solano Spring 2014: Grizzly Island

By From page DIS50 | March 31, 2014

Grizzly Island

Tule elk on Grizzly Island. (Mike Greener/Daily Republic file 2011)

Grizzly Island Wildlife Area is a 115,000-acre Suisun Marsh showplace that contains 10 percent of the state’s remaining wetlands, as well as sloughs and upland habitat.

Much of the land is owned by 150 duck clubs and is off-limits to the public. The 8,600-acre Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, 10 miles south of Suisun City, is open. Owned by the state Department of Fish and Game, it provides a place where people can hunt, fish and bird watch. The state also owns other land in the marsh that forms what it calls the 14,300-acre Grizzly Island Complex.

On Grizzly Island itself, visitors can see such sights as tule elk, ducks, otters, herons, California clapper rails and many other types of wildlife. The Department of Fish and Games grooms land behind levees to grow vegetation favored by waterfowl, flooding and draining these areas at certain times of the year.

Some historians say the name “Grizzly Island” comes from grizzly bears that long ago traveled to the area from Mount Diablo to eat rosehips and other vegetation.

Grizzly Island often closes in the winter due to flooding.

Location: Department of Fish and Game headquarters at 2548 Grizzly Island Road

More information: 707-425-3828, www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/wa/region3/grizzlyisland


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