This website is sponsored by the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Areas Steering Committee (SBWASC) that has been meeting monthly since June 1990. The purpose of the Committee is to advise the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks concerning the operation, maintenance, and improvement of the existing wildlife areas and any future expansion thereof. The Committee may also make recommendations on matters concerning flora, fauna, and other natural resources in other areas within the Sepulveda Basin, such as the Los Angeles River and its tributaries, park land, and open spaces.
The membership of the Committee is comprised of organizations with a demonstrated interest in flora, fauna, and other natural resources within the Sepulveda Basin. See the bottom of this page to see the logos of the member organizations and other affiliated agencies, or click the tab at the top of the page.
Minutes of the SBWASC can be found here.
Regular meetings of the Committee are held every other month generally on the fourth Tuesday at 6:30pm, at the Valley Region Headquarters of the Dept. of Recreation and Parks, 6335 Woodley Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91406. See “Upcoming Events” on this page for next meeting.
DIRECTIONS TO THE WILDLIFE RESERVE and MAIN TRAIL
Turn north from Burbank Blvd. (or south from Victory Blvd.) onto Woodley
Ave., which is ½ mile west of the San Diego Freeway (I-405). Travel
about ½ mile to the sign for the Wildlife Reserve (and Japanese
Turn east onto Wildlife Way, a park road.
Bear right at the immediate fork in the road and go east ½ mile to the
Wildlife Reserve parking on your left. The Wildlife Reserve is to the
south...follow the trail down from the restrooms area.
To use online mapping programs, use 6100 Woodley Avenue, and that will
take you to the park road (“Wildlife Way”) leading to the Wildlife
Reserve’s parking lot at the road’s east end.
Park in the lot, then walk south past the monumental rocks and restroom
building to the amphitheater.
Follow the trail leading from the "stonehenge" restroom/amphitheatre
area south towards the entrance to the Wildlife Reserve.
You can walk all the way down to the LA River, but if you do (the trail
leads through a tunnel under Burbank Blvd.) be sure to go with another
HERE for A Regional Trail Map of
the Basin (13.26MB pdf file)
HERE for a local trail map of
the Wildlife Reserve
RULES AND REGULATIONS
“Public Recreational Use Plan Sepulveda
Basin Wildlife Area” was signed and agreed to in 1987 by the City of
Los Angeles, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the State of
California Department of Fish and Game (copy attached). The “Public
Access and Use” section (beginning on Page 6) provides, in part, as
"Therefore the following rules and/or regulations will be enforced
within the Wildlife Area by City park rangers and City police. These
rules will be incorporated in appropriate public use information signs
and posted at the entrance and appropriate locations with the wildlife
1. Public use shall be allowed on the Wildlife Area during daylight
2. Camping, open fires, and the use of gas cooking stoves on the
Wildlife Area is prohibited.
3. All visitors shall remain on the designated trail. There will be no
public access to the east side of the wildlife lake to prevent
disturbance to wildlife.
4. Bicycles, skateboards, or rollerskating will not be allowed in the
5. No person shall drive, operate, leave or stop any motor vehicle,
off-road vehicle, or tractor in the Wildlife Management Area except for
6. No person shall swim, wade, or dive within the Wildlife Area.
7. No person shall launch or operate a boat or other floating device
within the Wildlife Area.
8. No person shall disturb or take any bird, nest, or eggs thereof, or
any plant, mammal, fish, mollusk, crustacean, amphibian, reptile or any
other form of plant or animal within the Wildlife Area.
9. No person shall possess, fire or discharge any firearm, bow and
arrow, air or gas gun, spear gun, or any other weapon of any kind within
or into the Wildlife Area.
10. Individual user permits will not be required; however, a visitor
sign-in booth will be located at the entrances and will be maintained by
11. All commercial activities are prohibited on the Wildlife Area. Large
organizational groups of over 50 people will require prior Parks and
Recreation (City) approval before use of the Wildlife Area.
12. The release of any fish or wildlife species, domestic or
domesticated species, or the introduction of any plant species, is
13. The feeding of wildlife is prohibited.
14. Pets, including dogs, cats and horses are prohibited from entering
the Wildlife Area."
CLICK HERE FOR
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS WHEN RECREATING IN THE LA RIVER
Recommendations for recreational users
After rain, wait 72 hours before entering recreational zones
- Avoid face-to-hand river water contact
- Wash hands and exposed skin after water
The mission of the Committee shall be to oversee, in its advisory capacity, the wildlife refuge areas and other areas of present or potential natural value within the Sepulveda Basin, as well as to support policies and programs that ensure their long-term preservation, protection, and enhancement.
Article 3, Section 63.44
of the Los Angeles Municipal Code contains Regulations Affecting Park
and Recreation Areas. 63.44 B-2
mandates that all dogs be on a leash less than 6 feet long, B.8.
'No person shall land, release, take off or fly any balloon, except
children toy balloons not inflated with any flammable material,
helicopter, parakeet, hang glider, aircraft or powered models
thereof, except in areas specifically set aside therefor,
B-10 prohibits bows or
prohibits the take/seizure/hunting of all birds/animals/fish,
B-12 bans the
removal of wood/plants/rocks/soil,
B-13 makes it illegal
to deface any property (including plants),
B-14 prohibits all
loitering between 10:30 PM and 5:00 AM,
B-16 prohibits all
human or motor powered vehicles (except on trails or roads specifically
for that purpose), B-17
bans all fires, B-19
prohibits littering, B-21
NO DRONES ALLOWED
Who to Call
For emergency (life-threatening) situations:
LAPD -- 911.
Park Ranger Dispatch – 323-644-6661
If you witness people shooting birds or other
LAPD – 911
Park Ranger Dispatch – 323-644-6661
California Fish & Wildlife –
For non-emergency problems (examples:
dogs off leash, fishing,
hunting without firearms, off trail hiking,
parking on grass):
California Fish & Wildlife –
For CF&W, a recording will come on and give you a
menu. PRESS ZERO for the operator and the operator will ask for the
"violation in progress" and your location and transfer you to the
applicable Fish and Game division department. State that Warden Kory
Collins is in charge of the area and should be notified of the
LA City Animal Services
818-756-9325 and 818-756-9356
310-456-9453 or 818-222-2658
Sepulveda Basin Encampment
Cleanups January 2020
Video about fire in the Basin on
July 30, 2019
Short ABC7 video about volunteers
in the Wildlife Reserve
Wildlife Sightings and