San Jacinto Wildlife Area

Come Visit the Wildlife

The Friends of the Northern San Jacinto Valley is a grassroots conservation group dedicated to preserving and protecting the northern San Jacinto Valley, the San Jacinto Wildlife Area (SJWA), Mystic Lake, and Potrero Creek Conservation Unit of the SJWA. We are a 501(c)(3) organization.

The 10,000 acre Davis Road Unit of the San Jacinto Wildlife Area, owned by the people of California and managed by the Department of Fish and Game, is located is on the eastern border of Lake Perris and is bordered by the Ramona Expressway on the south, Bridge Street on the east and Gilman Springs Road on the north. The 9,000-acre Potrero Unit is located north of Gilman Springs and east of Highway 79.

The San Jacinto Wildlife Area is a core reserve of the Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan reserve system. Over 65 of the 146 species of plants and animals protected by the plan are to be found on these conservation lands, including 25 species of raptors, and three threatened and endangered plants (San Jacinto Crownscale; Spreading Navarretia; Threadleaved Brodiaea).

The telephone number for the San Jacinto Wildlife Area is: (951) 928-0580.


San Jacinto Wildlife Area
17050 Davis Road
Lakeview, CA 92567
Telephone: (951) 928-0580

San Jacinto Wildlife Area, 17050 Davis Road, Lakeview. Telephone: (951) 928-0580.
Davis Road is closed from Moreno Valley. Please use one of the following routes to visit the San Jacinto Wildlife Area.

From Moreno Valley: Go south on Perris Boulevard to the Ramona Expressway; go east on the expressway to Davis Road in Lakeview; go north on Davis Road 2.3 miles to the headquarters. From Hemet/San Jacinto Area: take the Ramona Expressway west to Davis Road in Lakeview; go north on Davis Road 2.3 miles to the headquarters. From Highway 215: exit at the Ramona Expressway; take the Ramona Expressway east to Davis Road in Lakeview; go north on Davis Road 2.3 miles to the headquarters.

DURING THE RAINY SEASON please use extreme caution when driving on Davis Road if there have been recent rains. Do not drive on Davis Road if it is muddy or it is raining. During the rainy season, please call the wildlife area headquarters at (951) 928-0580 during regular work hours to ask about road conditions.

Restrooms are available next to the parking lot. There are also shaded picnic tables adjacent to the parking lot.

The SJWA is open 7 days a week from Dawn to Dusk. You are welcome to visit at any time. There is an Information Kiosk on the east side of Davis Road adjacent to the parking lot.

Self-Guided Auto Tour: A self-guided auto tour is available for visitors to use at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area. These reusable guides follow a series of signs and explain what can be seen at each of the seven stops. They may be picked up from a wooden box which is adjacent to the Information Kiosk. As you leave the wildlife area, you will find a "return" box for the guides sitting on the other side of the road from the kiosk.


A number of years ago the Friends began the process of updating the bird checklist for the San Jacinto Wildlife Area. Douglas Morton took on the project compiling the list and now we can say the checklist has been updated and also includes birds at Lake Perris State Recreation Area. Major contributors to the compilation are: Gene Cardiff, Cin-Ty Lee, Chet McGaugh, Bob McKernan, Greg Morton, and especially John Green.

The list is in text form and not formatted into a checklist form yet, but we made the new list available for everyone to use. Please be aware that it is an 11 page document. Plans are progressing to put this into a checklist format and it will eventually be posted here. Also, the Friends plan to produce an annotated list containing detailed information on where the birds can be found, food sources, etc.

SJWA Bird List

A shortened bird list for beginners has been prepared by Rosedith Marx. Please click on the link below to download the file:

Beginner's Bird List

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For more information, contact the Friends at:

Friends of the Northern San Jacinto Valley
A 501(c)3 non-profit organization
P.O. Box 4266
Idyllwild, CA 92549

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