Indian Valley Wildlife Area


Indian Valley Wildlife Area consists of approximately 5,000 acres around Indian Valley Reservoir. The reservoir holds large and smallmouth bass, kokanee salmon, crappie, rainbow trout, bluegill, and catfish. Habitats include the reservoir inundation zone (open, grassy) and adjacent brush, chaparral, and woodlands. Bald eagles, deer, and wild pigs can be found here. Dense chaparral can make hunting difficult. The area is cooperatively managed with the surrounding BLM Indian Valley Management Area.

For more information, call the North Central Region's Rancho Cordova office at (916) 358-2900.

Recreational Opportunities

fishing boat ramp hiking wildlife viewing deer hunting wild pig hunting bear hunting turkey hunting quail hunting

Activities: seasonal fishing, camping, hiking, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, and hunting

Wildlife viewing is excellent, including the Signal Rock/Eagle Rock loop along Walker Ridge which is accessed at the intersection of Walker Ridge and Indian Valley Roads.

Hunting: Game species include deer, wild pig, black bear, rabbit, tree squirrel, wild turkey, quail, and dove.

Type C: Indian Valley 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

For more information from the Bureau of Land Management, contact them at:

2550 North State Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 468-4000

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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Area History

Land use historically was for livestock grazing and limited agriculture in valley bottoms. The agricultural area was covered by reservoir waters. The property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1989.

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North Central Region (Region 2)

Lake County

approximately 25 miles west of Williams

Access: On Highway 20 approximately 4 miles west of its intersection with Highway 16, turn north on Walker Ridge Road; travel Walker Ridge Road to Bartlett Springs Road. Turn west to Indian Valley Reservoir.

Detailed Map (PDF) | Topographic Map (PDF)

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