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Butler Slough Ecological Reserve


The Butler Slough Ecological Reserve is 54 acres of riparian and wetland habitat, some of which is reclaimed prune orchard. Antelope Creek borders the property to the east, and Butler Slough borders on the west. Remnants of once extensive valley oak riparian forest are found on the Reserve, surrounded by open grasslands. Natural restoration of the valley oak forest is evident.

Species dependent upon riparian forests, and which may be seen here include valley elderberry longhorn beetles, bald eagles, peregrine falcon, Cooper's hawk, osprey, flycatchers, river otters, foxes, bobcats, ringtails, and brush rabbits.

For more information, call the Northern Region Redding office at (530) 225-2300.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands, refer to the link opens in new windowCDFW Public Lands Regulations. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following these regulations.

Activities: Birdwatching and wildlife viewing


Area History

The area is an abandoned prune orchard with less than 20% of trees remaining. 100% of the area is within the 100 year flood zone. The property was acquired in 1989, and was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1998.

Last update : 2/15/2017 4:11:45 PM

Wildlife Branch - Lands Program
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411

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Northern Region (Region 1)

Tehama County

approximately 6 miles southeast of Red Bluff

Access:From Red Bluff, take Highway 99 south approximately 6 miles to Electric Avenue; turn left on Electric Avenue and proceed a short distance to the Reserve.

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