River Spring Lakes Ecological Reserve

shallow stream flowing across grassy plain


The 638-acre River Spring Lakes Ecological Reserve includes a unique and natural spring system, surrounded by the arid environment of the Great Basin ecosystem. The spring itself provides habitat for a relictual population of spring snails and possibly other species. The riparian area has an extremely high reptile/amphibian density, especially riparian-dependent snakes. The large area of wetlands provide much needed habitat for migrating and nesting waterfowl. Two rare natural communities are found at the reserve, alkali meadow and transmontane alkali marsh.

For more information, call the Inland Deserts Region's Bishop office at (760) 872-1171.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Fishing Hiking Trails Waterfowl Hunting

Activities: wildlife viewing, fishing, hiking, hunting

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

Humans have occupied Adobe Valley for over 8,000 years, with the most recent native occupation being the Owens Valley Tribe of Northern Paiute. Historical land use of the valley includes homesteading, farming, mining, and intensive sheep grazing activities. Recent land uses have consisted of cattle and sheep grazing, cattle/horse drives, and pack station operations. Other activities include hunting, wildlife viewing and environmental education classes.

The purpose of the acquisition was to protect and preserve the natural desert springs and associated riparian habitat. The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1994.

Map of River Spring Lakes ER location - click to enlarge in new window
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Inland Deserts Region (Region 6)

Mono County

Directions: Hwy 120 about 28.5 miles east of Mono Lake to River Spring Road. Northeast on River Spring Road for about 4 miles to reserve.

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