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Cache Creek Wildlife Area


The Cache Creek Wildlife Area is approximately 2,300 acres, of which the majority is fairly steep. Typical interior coast range chaparral species and oak-gray pine stands are found on the property. Associated with chamise stands are interior live oak, scrub oak, deer brush, toyon, birchleaf mahogany, yerba santa, gray pine, and others. A regular winter visitor to the area is the bald eagle which can be seen roosting or soaring from mid October through mid August.

The area has two units: North Fork Cache Creek and Harley Gulch. The two units are cooperatively managed by The Bureau of Land Management, Yolo County Parks, and CDFW. Both units provide access to the BLM Cache Creek Natural Area.

For more information, call the North Central Region Rancho Cordova office at (916) 358-2900.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing  Hiking Trails Bow Hunting Deer Hunting Black Bear Hunting Wild Pig Hunting Turkey Hunting Quail Hunting Restrooms

Activities: wildlife viewing, birdwatching, hiking, and hunting

Hunting: Type C Wildlife Area. Deer, elk, black bear, wild pig, rabbit, wild turkey, quail, pigeon, and dove may be present.

Facilities: Restrooms are located at trailheads.

For more information from the link opens in new windowBureau of Land Management, contact them at:

2550 North State Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 468-4000

For information on Cache Creek Canyon County Park group areas, picnic areas, and camping call (707) 666-8115.

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 property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1988. Prior to this, there was limited off-road vehicle use by local landowners, a minor amount of grazing in the Perkins Creek Allotment, and a river-running concession with associated vehicle use operating from Buck Island.

The purpose of the acquisition was to protect habitat along Cache Creek and the North Fork of Cache Creek. The area contained habitat for the Wilson Valley tule elk subherd with the highest potential for improvements that would increase the population, and is also an important wintering area for the southern bald eagle. The acquisition also provided public access for recreational users of the large block of public land south of the wildlife area.

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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North Central Region (Region 2)

Colusa and Lake counties

25-29 miles west of Williams and Interstate 5, on the south side of Hwy 20


  • Harley Gulch Unit is approximately 10 miles southeast from the junction with Hwy 53, near Walker Ridge Road. Park at the Judge Davis Trailhead parking area and head south on the trail.
  • North Fork Cache Creek Unit is approximately 5 miles southeast from the junction with Hwy 53. Park at the Redbud Trailhead parking area and head south on the trail.

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Topographic Maps: link opens in new windowCache Creek WA (PDF) | link opens in new windowHarley Gulch Unit (PDF) | link opens in new windowNorth Fork Cache Creek Unit (PDF)

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