Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area


The Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area is comprised of approximately 5,000 acres of CDFW property, supplemented by an additional 4,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management lands. Formerly a working cattle ranch, the terrain consists of rolling to steep hills of shrubs, oaks, and conifers surrounding Scotch Creek and several of its tributaries. Bobcats, coyotes, red-tailed hawks, and golden eagles are among the many species that can be seen here.

For more information, call the area at (530) 459-3926 or the Northern Region's Redding office at (530) 225-2300.

Recreational Opportunities

wildlife viewing camping quail hunting turkey hunting deer hunting

Activities: wildlife viewing, camping, and hunting

Passes: A CDFW Lands Pass must be in possession by each visitor who is 16 years of age or older, however, visitors who are in possession of a valid California hunting or fishing license in their name are exempt from this requirement. Lands passes may be purchased on-line, by phone at (800) 565-1458, or in-person at locations wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold.
School and organized youth groups, including accompanying adults, are exempt from the lands pass requirement, but should contact the area to schedule a field trip at least two weeks in advance.

Hunting: Dove, quail, turkey, and deer may be present

Type C: Horseshoe Ranch 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. A searchable Property-specific regulations table is also available online.

Area History

Beginning around 1908, through and until the early 1970s, Horseshoe Ranch was a working cattle ranch. The property includes a significant part of the winter range of the Jenny Creek deer herd and provides good habitat for many upland game and nongame wildlife species. It was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1977.

Last update : 12/27/2022 10:20:10 AM
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Northern Region (Region 1)

Siskiyou County

North of Yreka between Interstate 5 and Iron Gate Reservoir

Access: Take the Hornbrook exit off Interstate 5 and proceed east (right) on Copco Road for 10 miles to the confluence of Scotch and Camp creeks; turn left into the entrance of the Wildlife Area.

CDFW Lands Viewer