Knoxville Wildlife Area is approximately 21,500 acres and is part of the 300,000 acre Blue Ridge / Berryessa Natural Area in Napa, Lake, Colusa, and Yolo Counties. The terrain is rugged in Knoxville, with elevations ranging from 1,000 feet to 2,200 feet. It is one of the few sites in California that protects unusual serpentine habitats. Serpentine soils are high in toxic metals, and low in plant nutrients, so the assemblages of plants that can tolerate them are unusual. This habitat supports a wide array of songbirds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. Some species possibly seen include black bears, bobcats, belted kingfishers, American dippers, mergansers, golden eagles, and native fish species such as the California roach and the Sacramento pikeminnow.
In July 2018, the County Fire burned approximately 6,000 acres of the wildlife area, primarily on the eastern portion, east of Knoxville-Berryessa Road.
The burned area is recovering with vegetation growth.
For more information, call the area at (707) 944-5531 or the Bay Delta Region's Fairfield office at (707) 428-2002.