Fall River Mills Ecological Reserve


This small 1 acre reserve is used as nesting territory by a large colony of State-listed threatened bank swallows. The property was acquired in 1990 to protect existing nesting habitat. It was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1998. The main feature of this property is an exposed, sandy bluff that faces south. Animal species typical of annual grassland habitat can be expected to be occasionally found here.

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

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing

Activities: Birdwatching for bank swallows is the primary activity that visitors engage in here.

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)

Shasta County

about 70 miles northeast of Redding, on Highway 299

Access: From Redding, proceed northeast on Highway 299 to the town of Fall River Mills. The Reserve is located on the west side of town at Curve Street and Highway 299; the south edge of the property fronts on the north side of Highway 299.

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