Warner Valley Wildlife Area


The 689-acre Warner Valley Wildlife Area contains abundant wetland/riparian, wet meadow and mixed conifer forest habitats. Beaver, numerous on the area, are responsible for much of the existing wetlands. Warner Valley Creek drains from Lassen Volcanic National Park, just north of the Wildlife Area. The stream has a steep gradient and the fishery resource is limited because of this. Black-tailed deer, bear, grouse, mountain quail and a variety of non-game wildlife can be found. Bald eagles are occasionally seen fishing along the creek. The scenic values of the area are outstanding.

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

Recreational Opportunities

Hiking Trails Wildlife Viewing Fishing Deer Hunting Quail Hunting

Activities: hiking, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, photography, fishing, and hunting

Waders or hip boots are a must in the spring and summer. Skis or snowmobiles are necessary in the winter. Be aware of posted private lands.

Hunting: Deer, bear, rabbit, tree squirrel, and quail may be present. As numerous cabins are found along Warner Valley Road near the horse corrals, safety is a consideration with firearm use.

Type C: Warner 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. Parking is available near the corrals. U.S. Forest Service campgrounds are in the vicinity.

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 Warner Valley Wildlife Area was used historically as part of a cattle operation by the Lee family. Over the years Mr. Lee sold small parcels to friends who built summer vacation cabins. Mr. Lee had the property posted against trespass, hunting, and fishing for many years. Some wood cutting and fishing were allowed by written permit. Hunting was not allowed although some trespass hunting undoubtedly occurred. Mr. Lee allowed some use of the property by organized recreational vehicle clubs.

Subsequent to the title transfer in early 1988, the Department honored commitments by Mr. Lee for two organizations to use the wildlife area in 1988. Since that time no overnight use of the area has been allowed. The property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1991.

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North Central Region (Region 2)

Plumas County

approximately 7 miles north of the town of Chester

Access: From Highway 36 at Chester, take County Road 312 (Warner Valley Road) north. Access is primarily at the old horse corrals on the west side of the road near the north end of the Wildlife Area.

Topographic Map (PDF)

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