California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Mouth of Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area - Shasta & Tehama Counties

Wildlife Viewing Bow Hunting Allowed Hunting with Shotgun Allowed Deer Hunting Allowed Waterfowl Hunting Allowed Quail Hunting Allowed Pheasant Hunting Allowed Turkey Hunting Allowed
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Location: Shasta and Tehama Counties - east of the town of Cottonwood at the confluence of Cottonwood Creek and the Sacramento River.

Phone Number: (530) 225-2300

Map: Directional Map (PDF)

Description: 571 acres. This area is located at the confluence of Cottonwood Creek and Sacramento River. An excellant habitat for the Swainson's hawk, bald eagle, ringtail and river otter.

Special Restrictions: No rifles or pistols may be used or possessed. No camping is allowed.

Access: From I-5 take Balls Ferry Road through the town of Cottonwood, approximately 10 miles to the Wildlife Area; walk in access is adjacent to the intersection of Adobe and Hacienda Roads.

Description: This area consists of 917 acres of primarily riparian habitat, with cottonwood, Oregon ash, and willow dominating the overstory. Native understory species include California rose, blackberry, box elder, and native grasses. Some of this area was part of a collaborative riparian restoration project.

Recreational Use: Type C Wildlife Area

  • Wildlife viewing and birdwatching are permitted, with opportunities for viewing bald eagles, Swainson's hawks, ringtails, river otters, beavers, and many species of songbird.

Hunting: Deer, tree squirrel, rabbit, waterfowl, snipe, turkey, pheasant, quail, and dove are permitted during open 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.

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