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Crocker Meadows Wildlife Area


The approximately 1,700-acre Crocker Meadows Wildlife Area provides ideal conditions for deer foraging and fawning. The area is mostly montane chaparral habitat dominated by sagebrush and bitterbrush. Pockets of black oak and yellow pine can be found at the lower elevations. At the upper elevations, wet meadow habitat is found in Crocker Meadow. Two seasonal streams drain the property. Common wildlife species include mule deer, mountain quail, jackrabbit, coyote, gray fox, raccoon, and a variety of hawks.

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

Recreational Opportunities

 Hiking Trails Wildlife Viewing Deer Hunting Wild Pig Hunting Waterfowl Hunting Quail Hunting

Activities: hiking, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, photography, and hunting

Adjacent public lands administered by the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management can be accessed from this Wildlife Area.

Hunting: Type C Wildlife Area. Deer, pig, tree squirrel, waterfowl, quail, grouse, and dove may be present.

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

Settlers began to populate the valley in 1952-53, establishing farms and ranches. The ranches produced vegetables, wheat, and barley. In the early 1900s, the railroad was extended to the area to provide access for logging. It was abandoned in the 1950s in favor of logging trucks. During the decades prior to acquisition, the property has been used for livestock grazing. The property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1992.

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)

Plumas County

5 miles east of Portola and three miles north of Beckwourth in the northwest corner of Sierra Valley

Access: From the town of Beckwourth, take County Road 111 (Beckwourth Genesee Road) north to the South Unit of the Wildlife Area; to reach the North Unit, continue further north on County Road 111.

Topographic Maps: link opens in new windowArea (PDF) | link opens in new windowNorth Unit (PDF) | link opens in new windowSouth Unit (PDF)

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