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Buttermilk Country Wildlife Area

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Buttermilk Country Wildlife Area consists of 325 acres of high desert meadow, surrounded by Inyo National Forest, and dominated by Great Basin vegetation consisting of sagebrush, bitterbrush, rabbitbrush, saltbrush, buckwheat and pinyon-juniper woodland habitats. McGee Creek runs along its eastern boundary. The wildlife area provides important habitat for the migration of the Round Valley deer herd between their summer and winter ranges.

For more information, call the Inland Deserts Region Bishop office at (760) 872-1171.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing  Hiking Trails Bow Hunting Deer Hunting Quail Hunting

Activities: wildlife viewing, hiking, birdwatching, photography, fishing (brook trout), and hunting

Hunting: Type C Wildlife Area. Deer, mountain quail, and blue grouse may be present. Method of take: shotguns, rifles, archery.

Facilities: None

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands please refer to the link opens in new windowCDFW Public Lands Regulations booklet. Scroll to the Table of Contents. Locate the page number for general regulations for public uses on all Department lands. For additional regulations that apply only to certain properties, check the Table of Contents for sections that refer to additional or property-specific regulations for wildlife areas or ecological reserves. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following the general and property-specific regulations.

Area History

The Buttermilk Country fell squarely within the historic territory of the Paiute of Owens Valley. Subsistence resources exploited by this group ranged widely. The Paiute also practiced a form of agriculture in irrigating wild, yellow nut-grass tubers. Loose to formal economic and demographic relationships held between aboriginal groups.

The middle to late 1800s were a period of exploration and frontier settlement spawned by mining, railroad, ranching, and farming interests. This was succeeded by a period of growing physical and economic ties to distant population centers. The property was acquired to protect deer winter range and habitat, and was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1994.

Last update : 10/31/2018 9:35:08 AM

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

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Inland Deserts Region (Region 6)

Inyo County

12 miles west of Bishop on east slope of Sierra Nevada on Buttermilk Road; west of Grouse Mountain

Access: From Bishop and Hwy 395 head westerly on Hwy 168 to Buttermilk Road and go west for about 6 miles. The road passes through the western portion of the wildlife area.

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