California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Butte Creek House Ecological Reserve - Butte County

Wildlife Viewing fishing hiking
The symbols above are activities permitted on this Ecological Reserve. Click for more info.

Location: Butte County - located in the northern part of Butte County, northeast of Chico.

Phone Number: (916) 358-2900

Map: Directional Map (PDF)

Area Regulations:

  • Camping is not allowed
  • Removal of mineral, archaeological, or natural resources in any form is prohibited except as provided in Title 14, §650.
  • Any refuse resulting from a person's use of an area must be removed from the area by that person

Special Restrictions:

  • Motor vehicle use is prohibited
  • The use, application, or deposition in any form of toxic substances is prohibited

Access: From Chico, head north on Highway 32 to Butte Meadows. Take Skyway Road east to Humbug Summit Road north past Snag Lake to the reserve.

Description: This 320 acres helps to protect the wet meadows and brook trout fishery at the headwaters of Butte Creek. At an elevation of 5,800 it is a basin surrounded by a ridge system reaching 7,000 feet. The lower elevations of the reserve consist of wet meadow and lodgepole pine forest communities. The surrounding slopes support Jeffrey pine and white fir communities.

Outdoor California Article: "On the Banks of Butte Creek" (PDF) or Text Only by Colleen Flannery © 2002

Recreational Use: Fishing, hiking, birdwatching, and wildlife viewing are all permitted. The plant communities of this reserve support a diverse array of wildlife species, including northern goshawk, spotted owl, Vaux's swift, snowshoe hare, beaver, and gray fox.

Hunting: Not allowed.

Facilities: None.

PLEASE NOTE: Area regulations are subject to change. Special restrictions on recreational uses, hunt days and methods of take are listed in the current year's issue of Hunting and Other Public Uses on State and Federal Areas, available at CDFW offices and places where licenses are sold.



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