Fremont Valley Ecological Reserve


The approximately 4,100 acre Fremont Valley Ecological Reserve consists of typical northwest Mojave Desert terrain. The natural vegetation community is primarily a creosote bush scrub community. Dominant vascular plants include creosote bush, burrobush, goldenhead, cheesebush, and winterfat. Vertebrates include a number of mammals, reptiles, and birds.

For more information, call the Central Region Fresno office Conservation Building at (559) 243-4005.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing

Activities: 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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You may not operate a drone on CDFW Lands without a Special Use Permit.

Area History

The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1988. The purpose of the acquisition was to place into public ownership a parcel of privately owned desert tortoise habitat, to insure its protection. Prior land use in the recent past was primarily a moderate amount of grazing and off-road-vehicle use. For about 100 years before that, the general area was more heavily grazed by sheep and cattle. Mining activities in the area have never been intense.

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Central Region (Region 4)

Kern County

Directions: Hwy 58. Exit Randsburg Cutoff in California City. Left on Randsburg-Mojave Rd. Left on Colgate. Go about 1 mi west to dirt road. Reserve is east of the dirt road.

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