Willow Creek Wildlife Area


Willow Creek Wildlife Area was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1990. It is approximately 2,700 acres of meadows, wetlands, and shallow marshes, and is a major source of water for Honey Lake. Extensive stands of tule occupy the lower meadows, and numerous streams and channels meander through the area. The meadows provide habitat for upland species such as grouse, quail, and pronghorn antelope. Nesting waterfowl, sandhill cranes, and shorebirds all provide excellent viewing opportunities.

For more information, call the area at (530) 254-6644 or the Northern Region Redding office at (530) 225-2300.

Recreational Opportunities

wildlife viewing waterfowl hunting

Activities: wildlife viewing, birdwatching, and hunting

Water levels may vary seasonally and can be severely reduced by drought conditions.

Water Map (PDF)

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.

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

Type B: Willow Creek 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.

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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You may not operate a drone on CDFW Lands without a Special Use Permit.

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Northern Region (Region 1)

Lassen County

north of Susanville

Access: From the town of Susanville proceed 16 miles north on Highway 139.

Topographical Map (PDF)

CDFW Lands Viewer