Saline Valley Ecological Reserve


The Saline Valley Ecological Reserve is 520 acres. The valley is an arid desert region with a few small streams and springs scattered along the base of the mountains on the west, and a few springs along the eastern alluvial slopes. Near the southern end of the valley is a salt lake, which is normally dry, and adjacent to the southwest end of the salt lake is a salt marsh which retains water year-round, forming some open water ponds in addition to the vegetated marsh area. Animal species include deer mice, rabbits, lizards, and numerous bird species.

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

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Fishing Hiking Trails Quail 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.

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 salt lake was mined, but due to the remoteness of the area, development of the mineral resources was uneconomical in the long run. The sites which remain portray early attempts to exploit these minerals and the ingenious technological solutions developed to cope with particular problems of Saline Valley.

This property was acquired to protect and manage a significant interior wetlands habitat, and those species associated with this habitat type. The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1975.

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Inland Deserts Region (Region 6)

Inyo County

Directions: Hwy 190 about 25 mi east of Olancha. North on Saline Valley Road about 50 miles to Salt Lake and reserve.

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