Location: The Heenan Lake Wildlife Area (HLWA) is located about seven miles southeast of Markleeville, California, in eastern Alpine County. It is in a mountainous setting on the west side of Monitor Pass and may be reached via State Highway 89. The area consists of Heenan Lake, Heenan Creek, and surrounding lands totaling 1,652 acres.
Purpose of Acquisition: To ensure the continued survival of the federally threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout and to protect important summer deer range and migration corridors for the Carson River deer herd.
Description: The following is not a comprehensive list, but rather a list of some site specific management goals*: Maintain Heenan Lake and adjacent riparian habitat in a healthy manner to insure growth of Lahontan cutthroat trout into healthy brood stock. Retain and enhance existing vegetative communities, with emphasis on riparian and meadow habitats. Monitor populations, and enhance habitat, for sage grouse and bald eagles. Maintain public fishing and hunting programs.
Environmental Review Process
Notice of Determination: Filed on October 25, 2007, in compliance with Section 21108 or 21152 of the Public Resources Code.
Management Plan Retention
A hard copy of the Management Plan, including public comments and responses, can be viewed during regular office hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at:
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
North Central Region
1701 Nimbus Road
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
*Implementation of tasks needed to achieve management goals is dependent on the availability of staffing and adequate operations and maintenance budget.