California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area - Yuba & Butte Counties

Deer Hunting Allowed Wildlife Viewing Hiking Quail Hunting Allowed Turkey Hunting Allowed Shotgun Hunting Allowed
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PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands please refer to the current year's issue of Hunting and Other Public Uses on State and Federal Areas. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following these regulations.

Location: North of Highway 20 approximately 17 miles east of Marysville.

Phone Number: (916) 358-2900

Maps: Directional Map (PDF)     Donovan Hill & Daugherty Hill Units (PDF)    Darby Road Unit (PDF)

Topographic Maps: Daugherty WA (PDF)    Donovan Hill Unit (PDF)   Daugherty Hill Unit (PDF)   Darby Road Unit (PDF)


  • Daugherty Hill Unit: The parking lot for the Daugherty Hill unit is located one mile east of Marysville Road on Dolan Harding Road. Fee access to the Daugherty Hill Unit is also available through the Collins Lake Recreation Area.
  • Donovan Hill Unit: Take Highway 20 to Marysville Road; proceed north (left) on Marysville Road about 8.3 miles to the second Dolan Harding Road intersection. The Donovan Hill Unit begins here.
  • Darby Road Unit: Going north on Marysville Road from Highway 20, turn west on Loma Rica Road for 1.4 miles. Turn north on Los Verjeles Road for 5 miles to Bangor. Turn north on La Porte Road and go three miles to Darby Road. Parking lot is located .2 miles east of South Honcut Creek crossing.
*WARNING* During periods of high water the concrete road crossing over South Honcut Creek will be impassable as vehicles could be washed off the road. If water is flowing over the road crossing, return to La Porte Road, turn east for 4.2 miles and turn right on Vierra Road for 3.8 miles to reach the parking lot.


Daugherty Hill Unit (2,638 acres), Donovan Hill Unit (1,762 acres), and Darby Road Unit (689 acres): Rolling hills covered with blue and live oak, gray pine, ceanothus, and poison oak.

*Special Note* Homes are located near some of the wildlife area boundaries.

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


  • Game species include jackrabbits, cottontails, dove, quail, tree squirrels.
  • Deer: Zone D-3. Small resident population; Columbian black-tailed deer migrate down from higher elevations in Plumas and Sierra counties in late October.

Facilities: None.

WLB 9-2014