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Hope Valley Wildlife Area


Hope Valley Wildlife Area consists of approximately 2,900 acres of high elevation wet meadow, montane chaparral, Jeffrey pine forest, and aspen-lodgepole pine forest communities. Wildlife species commonly seen here include mule deer, black bear, bobcat, blue grouse, northern goshawk, Clark's nutcracker, and white-headed woodpecker. The west fork of the Carson River flows through the southern portion of the property, supporting beaver and occasionally willow flycatcher.

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

Recreational Opportunities

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Activities: wildlife viewing, nature walks, birdwatching, photography, seasonal fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, backpack camping (east of Highway 89), and seasonal hunting

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

Passes: A CDFW Lands Pass must be carried by each visitor who is 16 years of age or older, however, visitors who are carrying a valid California hunting or fishing license in their name are exempt from this requirement. Lands passes may be purchased on-line, by phone at (800) 565-1458, or in-person at locations wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold. Lands passes cannot be substituted for Wildlife Area Hunting Passes, which are required for adult hunters on Type-A and Type-B wildlife areas.
School and organized youth groups, including accompanying adults, are exempt from the lands pass requirement, but need to contact the area to schedule a field trip.

Facilities: Disabled accessible parking and restroom facilities are located on the west side of Pickett's Junction on Highway 88. Disabled accessible fishing piers are located north of the restroom.

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

In the mid-1800s, the overland route for the Pony Express Trail and the Mormon-Emigrant Trail passed through what is now the wildlife area. Activities that have occurred in the Hope Valley area are grazing, logging, mining, and outdoor recreation. Mining is not evident within the wildlife area, but timber harvest has occurred, with the latest operation in the mid-1980s. The property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1989.

Last update : 11/8/2018 10:20:25 AM

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

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North Central Region (Region 2)

Alpine County

approximately 12 miles south of South Lake Tahoe

Access: The Wildlife Area spans Highway 89 at its junction with Highway 88, known as Pickett's Junction. Expansion areas are located south of this main parcel on both sides of Highway 88.

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