California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Ash Creek Wildlife Area - Lassen/Modoc County

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Location: Lassen and Modoc Counties - Highway 299, 4 miles northeast of Bieber.

Phone Number: (530) 294-5824

Map: Directional Map (PDF)

Description: 14,754 acres located in the heart of Big Valley. The 3,000 acres of natural wetlands are created by the seasonal flow of six streams. Ash Creek is one of the most remote, least improved, and most pristine of all of CDFW's wildlife areas. Pronghorn, sandhill cranes and bald eagles are among the many animals found here.


ATTENTION WATERFOWL HUNTERS: Normal operating procedures have resumed. Phase 2 of the restoration project east of Elkins Ln. is partially completed. There will be approximately 300 acres of shallow water ponds flooded for the waterfowl opener. The new deep water ponds (new map available) that were excavated during the restoration project vary in size from less than 1 acre to several acres. Early in the waterfowl season these new ponds are dependent on ground water and surface flows to fill. Not all of them are completely full at this time. When completely full, they will average in depth from 4-7 feet and the side slopes entering the ponds may be steep in some areas. The use of a retrieving dog is highly recommended. Elkins Ln is closed at this time. Due to changing water conditions, please contact the wildlife area at 530-294-5824 for current conditions.

SPECIAL NOTICE: The Ash Creek Wildlife Area is undergoing a major 3,485 acre wetland restoration project. Phase 1 is completed and Phase 2 (east of Elkins Ln.) is partially completed. This project is necessary because Ash Creek and its associated floodplain are degraded due to channel incision and flood flows rarely accessing the floodplain. The degradation is causing the wet meadow vegetation to be replaced with upland grassland and sagebrush type habitats. A proven restoration technique known as "pond and plug" will be used to restore the natural form and function of the stream channels and floodplain. Approximately 80 "ponds" will be excavated creating 150 acres of additional wetlands. The excavated material will then be used to "plug" the incised channels.

In addition to the wetland restoration project, a new pipeline has been installed on the north side west of Elkins Ln. and new well is almost completed to provide additional water for early fall flood up. In 2014, several existing shallow water ponds will be restored increasing the wetland acreage, provide more food for waterfowl and increase waterfowl hunting opportunities.

Thank you for your patience during this important project. For further information, please contact the Ash Creek Wildlife Area at 530-294-5824 or Jim Chakarun at 530-527-8917.

Special Restrictions: No person shall enter or leave the wildlife area except at designated entry points. Pronghorn antelope may be taken during junior hunts only.

Access: From Highway 299 at the town of Bieber take Bieber Lookout Road north; from Highway 299 at the town of Adin take Lookout Road west.

Description: Ash Creek is one of the most remote, least improved, and most pristine of all of CDFW's Wildlife Areas. Located in the heart of Big Valley, these 14,577 acres preserve freshwater wetlands created by the seasonal flow of six streams, including Ash Creek. Other natural communities include vernal pools and upland sagebrush.

Recreational Use: Type B Wildlife Area

  • Camping, birdwatching, fishing, and wildlife viewing are permitted. Among the mammals seen here are Pronghorn antelope, beaver, and bobcat. Bird species include numerouse waterfowl species, sandhill cranes, falcons, sage grouse, short-eared owls, and bald eagles. See attached birding checklist for additional bird species seen at Ash Creek.

Hunting: Permitted for waterfowl, coots, moorhens, doves, snipe, and pheasants during open seasons

Facilities: Restrooms, camping, informational kiosk

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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