Surprise Valley Wildlife Area


Surprise Valley Wildlife Area is 460 acres of rolling to rocky hills of sagebrush and juniper habitat. This area is occasionally frequented by bobcat, coyote, and birds of prey. The property was purchased by the Wildlife Conservation Board in 1978 to preserve part of the winter range of the Warner Mountain deer herd, and was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1979.

For more information, call the area at (530) 233-3581 or the Northern Region Redding office at (530) 225-2300.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Deer Hunting Quail Hunting

Activities: wildlife viewing, hunting, and seasonal camping in south parking area

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

Type C: Surprise 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

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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Northern Region (Region 1)

Modoc County

on the western edge of Surprise Valley, approximately nine miles south of Cedarville

Access: From Cedarville take Surprise Valley Road south 9 miles.

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