Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, California Waterfowl currently owns five wetland properties comprising more than 4,800 acres from the Tulare Basin to the Butte Sink.

These properties are first and foremost places where we employ wetland management techniques that maximize the properties’ value to wildlife, providing areas for feeding, loafing, nesting and brood-rearing.

Two properties — Grizzly Ranch and Denverton — feature prominently in our education programs, hosting K-12 school programs and hunter training events.

And we offer hunts to the public on all five of them through our Hunt Program. We know this is critical to the future of hunting because lack of places to hunt is one of the leading causes of hunters dropping out.

All of these properties used to be privately held duck clubs. Now, because their owners trusted California Waterfowl with these precious assets, these properties are serving the greater good.

To discuss how donating your duck club can affect the future of waterfowl and hunting in California, as well as provide potential tax benefits, please call 916-648-1406.

Grizzly Ranch clubhouse in the Suisun Marsh

GRIZZLY RANCH—Suisun Marsh, 982 acres

CWA’s flagship property features facilities for summer hunter conservation camps and school field trips where kids learn about waterfowl and wetlands, a challenging sporting clays course where CWA holds fun shoots, and quality hunting through the Hunt Program.

It also includes a training field for the California Retriever Training Association.

The property was purchased in 2012 with state and private grants—including funding from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the Joseph & Vera Long Foundation. And a portion of the property’s operation and maintenance costs are supported by a very generous donation from the Bechtel Foundation that helped create a quasi-endowment.

BUTTE CREEK ISLAND RANCH—Butte Sink, 110 acres

The newest addition to California Waterfowl’s portfolio is small but mighty, with outstanding habitat for mallards and wood ducks.

Located between Butte Creek and Sanborn Slough, the property is bracketed by riparian habitat where wood duck nest boxes help contribute to California’s thriving wood duck population.

The property was donated to California Waterfowl by Diamond Benefactor John Simmons in 2016. We began offering hunts on the property in 2017 through the Hunt Program, and it quickly became the top-performing property.

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DENVERTON—Suisun Marsh, 762 acres

This property features a clubhouse that can be used for overnight guests and camps, a training field for the California Retriever Training Association and public hunting through the Hunt Program.

The property was purchased in 2012 with state and private grants—including funding from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the Joseph & Vera Long Foundation. And a portion of the property’s operation and maintenance costs are supported by a very generous donation from the Bechtel Foundation that helped create a quasi-endowment.

 

Quimby Island

QUIMBY ISLAND—Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, 789 acres

This Delta Island is accessible by boat only, which limits how extensively it can be used for CWA programs, but we do offer hunts there through the Hunt Program.

This island was a 2015 gift from CWA Diamond Benefactor Ellis Stephens, who also gave CWA a $2.2 million quasi-endowment to care for the property.

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GOOSE LAKE—Tulare Basin, 2,175 acres

This holding includes two properties – the Houchin and Badger Almond units – in the historic Tulare Basin, which CWA is pleased to help restore.

It features public waterfowl and upland hunting through the Hunt Program.

The property was purchased in 2013 with state and private grants—including funding from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. And a portion of the property’s operation and maintenance costs are supported by a very generous donation from the Bechtel Foundation that helped create a quasi-endowment.

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