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Truckee River Wildlife Area


The Truckee River Wildlife Area was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1996. It includes five units (Canyon, Union Ice, Boca, Polaris, and West River) that total approximately 5,300 acres. These units consist of gently sloping river banks, and uplands scattered with lodgepole and Jeffrey pines. The open areas are covered with sage and bitterbrush. Alder and willow are clustered along the gravel bars in the river. This area was acquired primarily for fishing access. Natural reproduction supports a good trout fishery in the Truckee River.

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

Recreational Opportunities

Fishing Wildlife Viewing Bow Hunting Hunting with Shotguns Deer Hunting Black Bear Hunting Waterfowl Hunting Quail Hunting

Activities: fishing, wildlife viewing, and hunting

Hunting: Type C Wildlife Area. Legal species include deer, bear, rabbit, squirrel, waterfowl, quail, and dove, however opportunities are limited due to the sizes of the parcels.

Facilities: None

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.

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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North Central Region (Region 2)

Nevada & Placer Counties

approximately 2 to 7 miles east of Truckee


Polaris: There are no developed roads providing access.

West River: Take South River Street west from Brockway Rd. in Truckee; the middle of the parcel is across the river from a gravel pit.

Boca: Take the Hirschdale exit from I-80 east of Truckee; there is some limited parking under the westbound span of the I-80 overpass and along Highway 40 to the left of the exit.

Union Ice: The unit consists of three parcels. The first parcel is about one-half mile east of Hirschdale. The second is a mile further east and extends for a mile along the river. Both of these parcels are accessed from Iceland Road. The third parcel, north of I-80, is inaccessible.

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