'Valley Quail' ©
Valley Quail
upload your photos

USA Parks
San Francisco Bay Area Region
Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 159
Alameda, California   94501
The Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge is located in the San Francisco Bay-Delta area, along the southern shore of the San Joaquin River. It was the first national wildlife refuge in the country established to protect endangered plants and insects.

Established in 1980, the refuge provides protection for three endangered species: Lange's Metalmark butterfly, Antioch Dunes evening primrose and Contra Costa wallflower. The refuge and a few acres of surrounding lands contain most of the remaining habitat for these three species and are all that remain of a nine kilometer stretch of sand dunes formed during glaciation periods.

Isolation of this sand dune habitat resulted in the development of a unique assemblage of plants, insects, and reptiles. Due to the sensitivity of the habitats and the endangered species, the refuge is not open to unsupervised use by the public.

However, refuge staff and local educators conduct on-site environmental education efforts through guided tours and special events. In addition, volunteers regularly assist refuge staff with habitat restoration projects and endangered species surveys.

Get directions
to this park:

by Town and state
by zip code

Nearby Parks

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 10 A memorial to the goodness of man. by Dooley (roy) Gilhooly
Contrary to our cultures emphasis on man at his worst, and mans in-humanity to other men,this tiny refuge explodes with compassion and love.If Aliens from space were to visit our humble planet witnessing the horrors of men in their crulety and perverce treatment of thoes weaker than themselves,as in Rowanda,nazis death camps,ect.,on observing this beautiful God given compassionate reserve would have to delay and cause a rethinking of their judgement on ALL of the human race. Thank you to every compassinate person who un-selfishly made and continues to make this refuge a testimonial to mans true spirit of love and compassion , not only to plants and animals, but also to mans compassionate and loving self.

Area Campgrounds

Rancho Marina
395 Brannan Island Road
Isleton, CA

Sugar Barge RV Resort & Marina
1440 Sugar Barge Road
Bethel Island, CA

Brannan Island KOA & Marina
922 W Brannan Island Road
Isleton, CA

Delta Marina RV Resort
100 Marina Drive
Rio Vista, CA

Eddo's Harbor & RV Park
19530 Sherman Island Road
Rio Vista, CA

Rio Viento Resort Campground
4460 West Sherman Island Road
Rio Vista, CA

Share Your
Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge
(click here)
Weather Forecast, (94509)

Take Highway 4 and exit A Street / Lone Tree Way. Turn North onto A Street. Turn right (East) onto Wilbur Avenue. Turn left (North) onto Fulton Shipyard Road. Cross over the railroad tracks and turn right into the second gravel driveway. The refuge is on your right.

The address is 501 Fulton Shipyard Road, Antioch, CA 94509.

USA Parks
San Francisco Bay Area Region
Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge
© 2015