Tehama Wildlife Area


Tehama Wildlife Area is approximately 44,500 acres of grassland, oak woodland, and chaparral. There are also rugged canyons throughout the area. This area is a winter range for black-tailed deer. Wild pigs and turkeys are also found here. Among the birds that may be seen are bald and golden eagles, prairie and peregrine falcons, and other birds of prey.

For more information, call the area at (530) 597-2201 or the Northern Region Redding office at (530) 225-2300.

Recreational Opportunities

camping Fishing Wildlife Viewing Deer Hunting Turkey Hunting Wild Pig Hunting Black Bear Hunting Restrooms

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

Detailed Map (PDF)


Type C: Tehama 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: Restrooms, camping

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

The foothill range of eastern Tehama County has been utilized for livestock since the early 1800s. The area is strictly a winter and spring range, yet for many years homesteaders and small landowners ran their stock year-long.

Until recent times, extreme damage to the range occurred during adverse climatic conditions. To further exploit the resource, cattle, sheep, horses, goats and hogs were raised making possible the use of every forage species. The result was significant soil loss, and the dominant plant stands were broken up and replaced by introduced annuals, weedy herbs, and browse species. The property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1968.

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Northern Region (Region 1)

Tehama County

3 miles south of the town of Payne's Creek

Access: From Red Bluff go northeast approximately 20 miles on Highway 36; at Payne's Creek turn right on Plum Creek Road; travel 3 miles to the Wildlife Area.

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