Truckee River Wildlife Area


The Truckee River Wildlife Area was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1996. It includes five units (Canyon, Union Ice, Boca, Polaris, and West River) that total approximately 5,300 acres. These units consist of gently sloping river banks, and uplands scattered with lodgepole and Jeffrey pines. The open areas are covered with sage and bitterbrush. Alder and willow are clustered along the gravel bars in the river. This area was acquired primarily for fishing access. Natural reproduction supports a good trout fishery in the Truckee River.

For more information, call the North Central Region Rancho Cordova office at (916) 358-2900.

Recreational Opportunities

Fishing Wildlife Viewing Bow Hunting Hunting with Shotguns Deer Hunting Black Bear Hunting Waterfowl Hunting Quail Hunting

Activities: fishing, wildlife viewing, and hunting

Hunting: Legal species include deer, bear, rabbit, squirrel, waterfowl, quail, and dove, however opportunities are limited due to the sizes of the parcels.

Type C: Truckee River 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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North Central Region (Region 2)

Nevada & Placer Counties

approximately 2 to 7 miles east of Truckee


Polaris: There are no developed roads providing access.

West River: Take South River Street west from Brockway Rd. in Truckee; the middle of the parcel is across the river from a gravel pit.

Boca: Take the Hirschdale exit from I-80 east of Truckee; there is some limited parking under the westbound span of the I-80 overpass and along Highway 40 to the left of the exit.

Union Ice: The Union Ice Unit is not easily accessible due to unmaintained road and potential trespass on adjacent private property. The unit consists of three parcels. The first parcel is about one-half mile east of Hirschdale. The second is a mile further east and extends for a mile along the river. The third parcel, north of I-80, is inaccessible.

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