Cantara / Ney Springs Wildlife Area


The Cantara / Ney Springs Wildlife Area was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1996. It consists of two areas along the upper Sacramento River and includes 154 acres of mixed conifer, hardwoods and riparian vegetation. Species of interest include osprey, kingfisher, herons, and many species of migratory songbirds. The two parcels (Cantara and Ney Springs) both provide access to the river. Both access points are very scenic and provide access to excellent fishing opportunities.

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

Recreational Opportunities

fishing Deer Hunting Black Bear Hunting Waterfowl Hunting Wildlife Viewing

Picnic tables are available at the Ney Springs location.

Hunting: Deer, bear, waterfowl, and band-tailed pigeon may be present.

Type C: Cantara / Ney Springs Wildlife Area does not require the purchase of a hunting pass for entry. Entry permits and/or passes or special drawing may be required for hunting on some Type C wildlife areas.

Facilities: None

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

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

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Northern Region (Region 1)

Siskiyou County

3 miles south of Mt. Shasta City on the Sacramento River

Access: River access is easier at the Cantara Loop access point with no steep slopes, and travel on foot up and down the river is easier.

  • Cantara: Take Central Mt. Shasta Exit; turn left at stop sign on Lake Street, go over freeway; turn left on Old Stage Road. Travel ~2.5 miles and turn right at Azalea Road (a "T" intersection). Travel ~0.25 miles and turn right on Cantara Road. Follow road down to dirt parking area.
    Cantara Loop Access Point Map (PDF)
  • Ney Springs: Follow directions as for Cantara until you turn onto Old Stage Road. At this point, turn right on W.A. Barr Road, cross over Box Canyon Dam, then turn left on Castle Lake Road. Take the first available left turn on a dirt road and travel ~1.25 miles then turn left at the Ney Springs access road.
    Ney Springs Access Point Map (PDF)

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