California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Coon Hollow Wildlife Area - Butte County

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Location: Butte County - located in the northern part of Butte County, northeast of Paradise, southeast of Butte Meadows.

Phone Number: (916) 358-2900

Maps: Directional Map (PDF) Snag Lake Unit (PDF) West Branch & Snow Mountain Units (PDF)

Topographic Maps: Area Map (PDF)   Snag Lake Unit (PDF)   Snow Mountain Unit (PDF)   West Branch Unit (PDF)

Area Regulations:

  • Camping is not allowed.
  • Dogs are allowed only during hunting season.

Access: From Chico, take Highway 32 east to Skyway Road; turn north onto Humbug Summit Road; pass Philbrook Reservoir and continue north to the Wildlife Area. Both the West Branch and Snag Lake Units can be reached from Humbug Summit Road; to reach the Snow Mountain Unit, turn east onto Coon Hollow Creek Road through the West Branch Unit.

Description: The Wildlife Area, totaling 731 acres, is at an elevation of 6,000 feet and consists of three units: the West Branch Unit (320 acres), the Snow Mountain Unit (169 acres), and the Snag Lake Unit (240 acres). The West Branch Unit includes a portion of the West Branch of the Feather River and its confluence with Coon Hollow Creek. The Snag Lake Unit contains meadow and upland habitat near Snag Lake. Overall, this Wildlife Area contains wet meadow and riparian vegetation, timbered uplands and mountain streams.

Recreational Use: Type C Wildlife Area - no permits, passes, or reservations are required.

  • Fishing, birdwatching, and nature study are allowed. Species which can be viewed at Coon Hollow include birds of prey such as sharp-shinned hawk, northern goshawk, and long-eared owl; mammals such as Townsend's big-eared bat, and showshoe hare; and herpetiles such as California newt and mountain king snake.

Hunting: Deer, bear, tree squirrel, quail, and grouse are permitted.

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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