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East Walker River Wildlife Area

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East Walker River Wildlife Area is approximately 1,400 acres of wetlands and riparian habitat along a 7 mile stretch on both sides of the East Walker River, north of Bridgeport Reservoir. The elevation ranges from 6,000 to 6,500 feet. Brown and rainbow trout, waterfowl, bald and golden eagles, prairie falcons, quail, grouse, passerine birds, beaver, river otter, mink, and black bear are found here. The river valley is a migration corridor for the East Walker mule deer herd.

Bureau of Land Management land surrounds the reservoir and the wildlife area is bordered by Toiyabe National Forest.

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

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing fishing Waterfowl Hunting Quail Hunting Deer Hunting

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

There is good access and fishing for trout.

Public lands administered by the U.S. Forest Service can be accessed from the wildlife area.

Hunting: Type C Wildlife Area. Waterfowl, valley and mountain quail, and deer may be present.

Facilities: None. Forest Service campgrounds can be found nearby.

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 construction of the Bridgeport Reservoir soon provided for water-related activities such as fishing, waterfowl hunting, and water skiing. The area has developed into a seasonal tourist attraction. Highway 182 was constructed from Bridgeport to Smith Valley in Nevada through the east Walker Canyon in 1933. A Public Stock Drive Easement was granted to the State of California by the private land owner in 1955.

The East Walker River property was acquired to protect valuable aquatic, riparian, and upland habitats and to provide public access to fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreational activities. The property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1996.

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)

Mono County

6 miles north of Bridgeport and Hwy 395 along Hwy 182 and the East Walker River

Access: From Bridgeport head north on Hwy 182, past Bridgeport Reservoir. The wildlife area begins near the north end of Bridgeport Reservoir and straddles the highway and river for seven miles, nearly to the Nevada border.

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