California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Pickel Meadow Wildlife Area - Mono County

fishing Deer Hunting Allowed Wildlife Viewing Hunting with bow and arrow allowed Quail Hunting Allowed Waterfowl Hunting Allowed
The symbols above are activities permitted on this Wildlife Area. Click for more info.

Location: Along Little Walker & West Walker Rivers on Hwy 395 & 108 near Sonora Junction, about 15 miles NW of Bridgeport.

Phone Number: (760) 872-1171

Map: Directional Map (PDF)

Access: The wildlife area consists of several disjunct parcels. One parcel is along the Little Walker River along Hwy 395, north of Sonora Junction. The other parcels are along West Walker River on the south side of Hwy 108, across from the U.S. Marine mountain training base. Millie Lake and Poore Creek areas require a ½ to 1 mile hike across national forest lands.

Description: 990 acres of Jefferey pine, sagebrush, bitterbrush riparian, wet meadow, habitat at elevations from 6,800' to 7,000'. The wildlife area contains portions of West Walker & Little Walker Rivers, Silver & Poore Creeks, Millie & Mud Lakes. The wildlife area is surrounded by Toiyabe National Forest.

The wildlife area is an important mule deer migration route and is heavily used during spring, summer, fall. The same seasons are utilized by waterfowl and shorebirds. Bald eagles can be found in the vicinity. Rainbow, brown, brook trout, and mountain whitefish can be found in the rivers and lakes.

Recreational Use: Type C wildlife area; open 7 days a week, no permits, passes or reservations are required.

Hunting: deer, waterfowl, mountain quail, blue grouse

Method of take: shotguns, rifles, archery

Fishing: Rainbow, brown and brook trout, mountain whitefish

Birdwatching, photography, hiking

Camping is not allowed

Facilities: None


These are a few pictures taken at the Pickel Meadow Wildlife Area. Click on any picture to view the full size version. You can view all photos in the series, by clicking on the next or previous buttons on the fullsize image.

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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.

ST/WLB 10/08