Butler Slough Ecological Reserve


The Butler Slough Ecological Reserve is 54 acres of riparian and wetland habitat, some of which is reclaimed prune orchard. Antelope Creek borders the property to the east, and Butler Slough borders on the west. Remnants of once extensive valley oak riparian forest are found on the Reserve, surrounded by open grasslands. Natural restoration of the valley oak forest is evident.

Species dependent upon riparian forests, and which may be seen here include valley elderberry longhorn beetles, bald eagles, peregrine falcon, Cooper's hawk, osprey, flycatchers, river otters, foxes, bobcats, ringtails, and brush rabbits.

For more information, call the Northern Region Redding office at (530) 225-2300.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing

Activities: Birdwatching and wildlife viewing


NOTE: Visitors are responsible for knowing and complying with all regulations pertaining to the use of Department lands.

Refer to the Public Uses on State and Federal Lands section of the Waterfowl, Upland Game, and Public Use Regulations (PDF) booklet for both statewide and property-specific regulations.

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Area History

The area is an abandoned prune orchard with less than 20% of trees remaining. 100% of the area is within the 100 year flood zone. The property was acquired in 1989, and was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1998.

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Northern Region (Region 1)

Tehama County

approximately 6 miles southeast of Red Bluff

Access:From Red Bluff, take Highway 99 south approximately 6 miles to Electric Avenue; turn left on Electric Avenue and proceed a short distance to the Reserve.

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