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Hunting is allowed only in non-developed, dispersed areas. Some areas can only be accessed by boat. Hunters are required to follow all state and local laws or ordinances which relate to the use of firearms, or to the taking of game.

Firearms are not allowed in developed campgrounds, and recreational shooting or target practice is not allowed within the Recreation Area.

Game animals known to be present in the recreation area include deer, black bears, grey squirrels, black-tailed hares, valley quail, mourning doves, and wild turkeys.

Much of the Recreation Area has no public access by land. Adjacent private property owners are within their legal rights to prevent people from crossing their land to get to the Recreation Area lands. Accessing the private lands from within the Recreation Area is subject to the private landowner’s permission. Occupied residences on these private lands are common, as are livestock.

Some of the Don Pedro Recreation Area is adjacent to land administered by the Bureau of Land Management. The quadrangle maps sold by the BLM show where these lands are located. However, not all the roads shown on the maps are open to public use. Remember that not all BLM parcels allow hunting and BLM should be contacted to determine status of the area in question. Federal land adjacent to Don Pedro Recreation Area is under the jurisdiction of the Folsom Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management.

The California Department of Fish and Game should be contacted for hunting regulations and information on areas which may support the best populations of game animals.

Don Pedro Dam construction began in 1967 and was completed in 1971 at a cost of $105 million.