California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Truckee River Wildlife Area - Nevada & Placer Counties

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Location: Nevada and Placer counties - approximately 2 to 7 miles east of Truckee.

Phone Number: (916) 358-2900

Maps: Directional Map (PDF)   Boca Unit (PDF)  Polaris and West River Units (PDF)   Union Ice Unit (PDF)

Topographic Maps: Boca Unit (PDF)   Canyon Unit (PDF)   Polaris Unit (PDF)  Union Ice Unit (PDF) West River Unit (PDF)

Area Regulations:

  • Camping, trailers, and fires are not allowed
  • No rifles or pistols may be used or possessed


  • There are no developed roads providing access to the Polaris Unit.
  • To access the West River Unit, take South River Street west from Brockway Rd. in Truckee; the middle of the parcel is across the river from a gravel pit.
  • To reach the Boca Unit, take the Hirschdale exit from I-80 east of Truckee; there is some limited parking under the westbound span of the I-80 overpass and along Highway 40 to the left of the exit.
  • The Union Ice Unit consists of three parcels. The first parcel is about one half mile east of Hirschdale. The second is a mile further east and extends for a mile along the river. Both of these parcels are accessed from Iceland Road. The third parcel, north of I-80, is inaccessible.

Description: Total acreage for all parcels is 740. These four units consist of gently sloping river banks, and uplands scattered with lodgepole and Jeffrey pines. The open areas are covered with sage and bitterbrush. Alder and willow are clustered along the gravel bars in the river.

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

  • This area was acquired primarily for fishing access. Natural reproduction supports a good trout fishery in the Truckee River.

Hunting: Allowed daily during open seasons. Legal species include deer, bear, rabbit, squirrel, waterfowl, quail, and dove, however opportunities are limited due to the sizes of the parcels.

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 08/09