California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Warner Valley Wildlife Area - Plumas County

fishing Deer Hunting Allowed Quail Hunting Allowed Wildlife Viewing Hiking Allowed
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Location: Plumas County - approximately 7 miles north of the town of Chester.

Phone Number: (916) 358-2900

Maps: Directional Map (PDF)   Topographic Map (PDF)

Area Regulations:

  • Camping and woodcutting are not allowed

Access: From Highway 36 at Chester, take County Road 312 (Warner Valley Road) north. Access is primarily at the old horse corrals on the west side of the road near the north end of the Wildlife Area.

Description: The 692 acre area contains abundant wetland/riparian, wet meadow and mixed conifer forest habitats. Beaver, numerous on the area, are responsible for much of the existing wetlands. Warner Valley Creek drains from Lassen Volcanic National Park, just north of the Wildlife Area. The stream has a steep gradient and the fishery resource is limited because of this. Black-tailed deer, bear, grouse, mountain quail and a variety of non-game wildlife can be found. Bald eagles are occasionally seen fishing along the creek. The scenic values of the area are outstanding.

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

  • There are ample opportunities for hiking, bird watching and photography. Waders or hip boots are a must in the spring and summer. Skis or snowmobiles are necessary in the winter.

Hunting: The area is open daily during legal seasons for deer, bear, rabbit, tree squirrel, and quail. As numerous cabins are found along Warner Valley Road near the horse corrals, safety is a consideration with firearm use.

Facilities: None. Parking is available near the corrals. Be aware of posted private lands. U.S. Forest Service campgrounds are in the vicinity.

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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