Geologically recent lava flows combined with older alluvial deposits give rise to extensive, gently sloping terraces comprising the Dales Plains. This terrain supports abundant vernal pools. The 367 acres of Dales Lake property is largely open grasslands on the southern end. On the northern end is blue oak – foothill pine woodland.
The vernal pools of this area support a unique flora and fauna, including dozens of plant species that do not occur in any other type of habitat, as well as tadpole and fairy shrimp that are only found in vernal pools. Migrating waterfowl stop here to feast on the seasonal invertebrates. Deer and other grassland grazers can also be spotted.
For more information, call the Northern Region Redding office at (530) 225-2300.