California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Cantara/Ney Springs Wildlife Area - Siskiyou County

fishing Wildlife Viewing Deer Hunting Allowed Waterfowl Hunting Allowed
The symbols above are activities permitted on this Wildlife Area. Click for more info.

Location: Siskiyou County - 3 miles south of Mt. Shasta City on the Sacramento River.

Phone Number: (530) 225-2300

Map: Directional Map (PDF)

Access Point Maps: Ney Springs Access Point Map (PDF)    Cantara Loop Access Point Map (PDF)

Special Restrictions: Camping is not allowed.

Access: This Wildlife Area consists of two parcels - the Cantara parcel, and the Ney Springs parcel. Access to the river is available from both locations. River access is easier at the Cantara Loop access point with no steep slopes, and travel on foot up and down the river is easier. Both access points are very scenic.

  • To access the Cantara parcel take Central Mt. Shasta Exit; turn left at stop sign on Lake Street, go over freeway; turn left on Old Stage Road. Travel ~2.5 miles and turn right at Azalea Road (a "T" intersection). Travel ~0.25 miles and turn right on Cantara Road. Follow road down to dirt parking area.
  • To access the Ney Springs parcel follow directions as for Cantara until you turn onto Old Stage Road. At this point, turn right on W.A. Barr Road, cross over Box Canyon Dam, then turn left on Castle Lake Road. Take the first available left turn on a dirt road and travel ~1.25 miles then turn left at the Ney Springs Access road.

Description: 154 acres of mixed conifer, hardwoods and riparian vegetation. Consists of two areas along the upper Sacramento River.

Recreational Use: Type C Wildlife Area

  • Birdwatching, and wildlife viewing are permitted. Species of interest include osprey, kingfisher, herons, and many species of migratory songbirds.
  • These areas provide access to excellent fishing opportunities.
  • Picnic tables are available at Ney Springs location

Hunting: Deer, bear, waterfowl, and band-tailed pigeon are permitted during those seasons.

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.


KC/WLB 04/09