California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Knoxville Wildlife Area - Napa & Yolo Counties

Deer Hunting Allowed Wildlife Viewing
The symbols above are activities permitted on this Wildlife Area. Click for more info.

Location: Napa and Yolo Counties - north of Lake Berryessa

Phone Number: (707) 944-5531

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

Area Regulations:

  • It is unlawful to collect or remove bottles or artifacts, or dig or otherwise disturb the soil to locate bottles or artifacts from any Wildlife Area
  • OHV use is not permitted within the Knoxville Wildlife Area (California Vehicle Code 22659)

Special Restrictions:

  • Camping is not permitted within one-quarter mile of Berryessa-Knoxville Rd.
  • Campfires are not permitted within the Knoxville Wildlife Area
  • No firewood cutting or collecting
  • No firearms practice or target shooting

Access: The Knoxville Wildlife Area (21,417 acres) is accessed from the north in Napa County via Highway 29 to Lower Lake to Morgan Valley Road past the old Homestake Mine site where it becomes the Berryessa-Knoxville Road in Napa County (approximately 17 miles). The Knoxville area is also accessed on the southern side via Highway 128, east (Napa County) through Rutherford to Berryessa-Knoxville Road (approximately 23 miles) or Highway 128 west through Winters (approximately 29 miles).

Description: Knoxville Wildlife Area is part of the 300,000 acre Blue Ridge/Berryessa Natural Area in Napa, Lake, Colusa, and Yolo Counties. It is one of the few sites in California that protects unusual serpentine habitats. Serpentine soils are high in toxic metals, and low in plant nutrients, so the assemblages of plants that can tolerate them are unusual. This habitat supports a wide array of songbirds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. The terrain is rugged in Knoxville, with elevations ranging from 1,000 feet to 2,200 feet.

Outdoor California Article: "Knoxville Wildlife Area, A Serpentine Haven" (PDF) or Text Only by Chamois Andersen © 2001

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

  • Primitive camping is allowed beyond one-quarter mile of Berryessa-Knoxville Road.
  • Birdwatching, hiking, and wildflower observation are all excellent activities permitted on the area. Some species possibly seen include black bears, bobcats, belted kingfishers, northern dippers, mergansers, golden eagles, and native fish species such as the California roach and the Sacramento pikeminnow.
  • The best time to visit is from October through May when temperatures are comfortable and scenery is most inviting.

Hunting: Permitted during designated seasons. Common game species include deer, wild turkey, quail, rabbit, gray squirrel, dove, pigeon, and bear. Possession in the field and use of firearms and archery equipment is permitted only for the purpose of hunting on Knoxville Wildlife Area.

Facilities: None

Knoxville Recreation Area is patrolled by California Department of Fish and Wildlife Wardens. In case of emergency please call 911.

For more information from the Bureau of Land Management, contact them at:

2550 North State Street
Ukiah, CA 95482

(707) 468-4000

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.

Photos of the Knoxville Wildlife Area

These are a few pictures taken at the Knoxville Wildlife Area. Click on any picture to view a larger version.

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KC/WLB 08/09