Visiting North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve

North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve is open to the public year round, dawn to dusk, for self-guided visits.

Lands Pass

Lands Pass Requirement

Each visitor to NTMER who is 16 years of age or older is required to carry a daily (1 day) or annual lands pass while on the property. Visitors who are carrying their own valid California hunting or fishing license are exempt from the requirement. School and organized youth groups (including accompanying adults) are also exempt. While guided field trips are not available, educational resources and pre-visit materials may be obtained by contacting

Lands Pass information

Site Information

  • Parking at the site is very limited; parking along Cherokee Road near the CDFW parking lot is not permitted and may result in a ticket.
  • Potable water and trash receptacles are not available at the site. Please be prepared to pack out your own trash.
  • Dress for the weather. Hats, sunscreen, snacks, water, and sturdy closed-toe footwear recommended.
  • Trails are not maintained by CDFW and may cross onto private property.

Special Restrictions and Advisories

  • Please do not approach the cattle closer than 300 feet.
  • Removal of mineral, archaeological, or natural resources in any form is prohibited except as provided in CCR Title 14, §650
  • Removal or disturbance of any form of plant or animal life is prohibited except as provided in CCR Title 14, §650
  • No collecting is allowed except as provided in CCR Title 14, §650.
  • Camping is not allowed.
  • Fires of any kind are not allowed including fireworks, or other explosive or incendiary devices.
  • Dogs on the reserve must be retained on a leash of less than 10 feet.
  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited except on designated access roads and parking areas.
  • Any refuse resulting from a person's use of an area must be removed from the area by that person.
  • Horses and bicycles are prohibited from entering the reserve.
  • Drones are prohibited without a Special Use Permit (PDF)(opens in new tab)


From Hwy 70 in Oroville, exit at Grand Ave (Exit 48). Go East on Grand Ave for 1 mile. Left on Table Mountain Blvd for a tenth of a mile. Right on Cherokee Road 6.3 miles north to the reserve. Official access is through a small parking lot on the west side of Cherokee Road.


If you have questions, contact us at or (916) 358-2869.

For More Information

Wildflowers of Table Mountain: A Naturalist's Guide by Albin Bills and Samantha Mackey, 2011 - available from Chico State Herbarium(opens in new tab)

purple owl
hills with wildflowers
bitteroot flowers