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Spenceville Wildlife Area

Description

Spenceville Wildlife Area is comprised of approximately 11,900 acres of blue oak - gray pine woodland characteristic of the Sierra Foothills. The elevation of the area varies from 200 to 1200 feet. The wildlife area is bordered on the west by Beale Air Force Base and on the north, south, and east by privately owned ranches. There are numerous ponds, creeks, trails and riparian zones in the area.

For more information, call the area at (530) 538-2236 or the North Central Region's Rancho Cordova office at (916) 358-2900.


Recreational Opportunities

Fishing Wildlife Viewing Hiking Trails Deer Hunting Quail Hunting Waterfowl Hunting Turkey Hunting Bow Hunting Hunting with Shotguns

Activities: fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, dog training, equestrian trail riding, bicycling, seasonal camping, and hunting

  • Fishing is best for largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish in the following waters: Pittman, Horseshoe, Little Dry Creek, Wood Duck #1, Spring Plot, and Upper Jones Ponds. Also Dry Creek, Little Dry Creek, and Cox Creek.
  • Dog training map provided upon request.
  • Equestrians may access the area at the designated camp area and the access gates on Waldo Road located by the corrals.
  • Designated trails for bicycling include graveled administrative roads (Pittman, Falls, Nichols, Jones) and county roads which are all gated with white pipe gates.

Facilities: seasonal campgrounds

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.

Group Use

Permits must be obtained from CDFW to schedule all group use events.

THE AREA MANAGER SHALL DETERMINE IF OTHER INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITIES NOT COVERED UNDER THESE REGULATIONS OR TITLE 14 ARE COMPATIBLE WITH THE PRIMARY WILDLIFE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE AREA. INQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE AREA MANAGER AT (530) 538-2236.

Hunting Opportunities

Type C Wildlife Area.

  • Wild Turkey - Found throughout the wildlife area. Use the link opens in new windowSpecial Hunts Online Registration System to make a reservation for the spring turkey season.
  • Bobwhite (leftover after dog field trials) - Usually found in the open areas. Bobwhite are considered quail and may be hunted during the local California quail season.
  • Deer - Good resident deer population. Zone D-3.
  • Mourning Dove - Good nesting population; hunting best along the perennial stream and ponds and surrounding food plots throughout the area.
  • Tree Squirrels, Rabbits, Coyotes, and Ground Squirrels - Scattered throughout the area.
  • Valley Quail - Found near water and blackberries.
  • Waterfowl - Jump shoot the ponds for mallards and wood ducks.
  • Wild Pig - On rare occasions they enter the area from the south.

Area History

The earliest users of the area were Indians who hunted and foraged the foothills. Following the discovery of gold in California great numbers of miners came to the streams of this area to glean gold from their beds. The destruction of streambeds and adjacent alluvial soils was offset somewhat by the ditches and other water developments which later benefited the ranchers and farmers who settled the area. Cattle grazing has been the primary use of the area since the days of the miners.

Near the beginning of World War II the area now known as Spenceville Wildlife Area was acquired by the government for military training. Many forms of training occurred here – infantry, tank, bombing, strafing, etc. The Department acquired a major portion of the wildlife area in 1962, and more in 1965. The property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1968.


Last update : 7/20/2017 3:03:20 PM


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


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Location

North Central Region (Region 2)

Nevada & Yuba Counties

Approximately 18 miles east of Marysville, and north of Camp Far West

Access: From Marysville take Highway 20 approximately 18 miles and turn right on Smartsville Road for 1 mile to enter the Wildlife Area.

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