Pine Creek Wildlife Area


The approximately 2,000-acre Pine Creek Wildlife Area includes a 25-acre reservoir. The habitat supports wild trout and is also stocked with hatchery-raised trout. This area is critical deer and antelope winter range, and provides opportunities for viewing bald and golden eagles, Swainson's hawk, prairie falcon, grouse, and sandhill crane. Many songbirds use this area for nesting seasonally.

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

Recreational Opportunities

Fishing Wildlife Viewing Deer Hunting Quail Hunting Restrooms Disabled Access - call for details

Activities: trout fishing, birdwatching, wildlife viewing, and hunting

Hunting: Deer, pronghorn, rabbit, quail, and dove may be present.

Type C: Pine Creek 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: Wheelchair access restrooms and fishing platform.

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.

Area History

The Pine Creek Wildlife Area has a history of use spanning six thousand years, as is evidenced by the property’s many major occupation sites. Prior to acquisition, the reservoir was already managed as a very popular put-and-take fishery for hatchery-produced Eagle Lake rainbow trout, and the site of annual kids’ fishing derbies and fishing outings for the mentally and physically challenged.

The property was acquired to preserve wetland and riparian habitats (as well as the area’s other natural resources and cultural values), and to provide fishing access for wild trout in Pine Creek and the reservoir in perpetuity. The purchase would also assure protection of a critical antelope migration route and appropriate management of deer and antelope winter range. The property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1997.

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Northern Region (Region 1)

Modoc County

6 miles southeast of Alturas off Highway 395

Access: Highway 395 south of Alturas to Parker Creek Road (County Road 56) to County Road 56, to Pine Creek Boulevard.

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