Honey Lake Wildlife Area


Honey Lake Wildlife Area is approximately 7,600 acres of sagebrush habitat surrounding a shallow lake in the Great Basin Desert. Alkali-tolerant vegetation lines the banks. This wetland supports many migratory birds including tundra swans. There are excellent opportunities to see hundreds of migratory and nesting waterfowl, birds of prey, and passerines, sandhill cranes, beavers, pronghorn antelope, and deer. The area includes the Dakin and Fleming Units.

For more information, call the area at (530) 254-6644 or the Northern Region Redding office at (530) 225-2300.

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Activities: wildlife viewing, birdwatching, and hunting

Water levels may vary seasonally. Severe drought and low ground water levels may make flooding wetland units difficult for waterfowl seasons.

Hunting: Rabbits, waterfowl, coots, moorhens, snipe, pheasants, quail, and dove may be present.

Type B: Honey Lake Wildlife Area requires adult hunters to purchase a Type A or B season hunting pass in advance for waterfowl and pheasant hunting for all authorized shoot days of the season. Reservations are required for the opening weekend of waterfowl season for Type B wildlife areas and may be required for the opening of pheasant season.

Dakin Unit Hunt Map (PDF) | Fleming Unit Hunt Map (PDF)

Facilities: None

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 a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1953. Over the past hundred years, the Honey Lake Valley has been severely impacted by agriculture. Before the Department’s acquisition of the land, the ranches were devoted to the production of grain, alfalfa, meadow hay and livestock. The rangelands, wetlands and harvested fields were used for livestock grazing. Prior to settlement, Native Americans of the Northern Paiute group used the valley extensively.

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Northern Region (Region 1)

Lassen County

about 20 miles east of Susanville

Access: From Susanville, proceed east on Highway 395 approximately 20 miles; at Mapes Road turn right, and proceed 3 miles to DFG Road; turn east for 1.5 miles to CDFW office.

Detailed Location Map (PDF)

CDFW Lands Viewer