Shasta Valley Wildlife Area

image of Trout Lake at Shasta Valley
Trout Lake at Shasta Valley
Photo courtesy of the California Wildlife Conservation Board


The Shasta Valley Wildlife Area was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1991. It contains approximately 4,700 acres of Great Basin juniper woodland, riparian forest, seasonal wetlands, and crop lands, with Mt. Shasta as a backdrop. Sandhill cranes, waterfowl, raptors, and shorebirds are commonly seen at Shasta Valley. Deer, porcupines, and coyotes are among the mammals that can be seen.  There are three deep water reservoirs and numerous seasonal wetlands on the wildlife area.

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

Recreational Opportunities

Fishing Hiking Trails Wildlife Viewing Waterfowl Hunting Pheasant Hunting Quail Hunting Restrooms 

Activities: fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, 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. Lands passes cannot be substituted for Hunting Passes, which are required for adult hunters on Type-A and Type-B wildlife areas.
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.

NOTICE: Non-hunting public use is only allowed on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during waterfowl season. Access is walk-in only from the Headquarters entrance gate during the hunting season from October 1 through January 31.

Public Use Map (PDF)

Fishing: Two of the reservoirs, Trout Lake and Bass Lake, provide angling opportunities for rainbow trout and largemouth bass. Trout Lake provides a trophy fishery for both Eagle rainbow trout and largemouth bass.

Shasta Valley Birding Checklist (PDF)

Hunting: Waterfowl, snipe, coots, moorhens, pheasants, quail, and doves may be present.

Type B: Shasta Valley Wildlife Area requires adult hunters to purchase a Type A or B season hunting pass in advance for waterfowl and pheasant hunting for all authorized shoot days of the season. Reservations are required for the opening weekend of waterfowl season for Type B wildlife areas and may be required for the opening of pheasant season.

NOTICE: Shasta Valley Wildlife Area is open for waterfowl hunting for the 2023-2024 season but dry field hunting only. Upland game hunting will be allowed on normal shoot days. Pheasant hunting is allowed on Sundays by reservations only. The area will be closed to all hunting December 25, 2023 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Hunt Map (PDF)

Facilities: None

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.

no drones icon
You may not operate a drone on CDFW Lands without a Special Use Permit.

Related Documents

Outdoor California Article

Shasta Valley WA location - click to enlarge in new window
Click to enlarge


Northern Region (Region 1)

Siskiyou County

Approximately 8 miles east of Yreka, and 1.5 mile east of Montague

Access: Access is walk-in only from the Headquarters entrance gate during the hunting season from October 1 thru January 31. From Montague proceed 1.5 miles east on Ball Mountain / Little Shasta Road.

CDFW Lands Viewer