California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Butte Creek Canyon Ecological Reserve - Butte County

Wildlife Viewing fishing hiking boating
The symbols above are activities permitted on this Ecological Reserve. Click for more info.

Location: Butte County - northeast of Highway 99, just southeast of Chico.

Phone Number: (916) 358-2900

Map: Directional Map (PDF)

Area Regulations:

  • Camping is not allowed
  • Removal of mineral, archaeological, or natural resources in any form is prohibited except as provided in Title 14, §650.
  • Any refuse resulting from a person's use of an area must be removed from the area by that person

Special Restrictions:

  • Motor vehicles and horses are prohibited
  • Only hand-carried boats or flotation devices may be launched and operated
  • The use of toxic substances in any form is prohibited

Access: From Highway 99 south of Chico, take Skyway Road east. Turn left on Honey Run Road for about 1 mile. The reserve is on the right side of the road.

Description: Butte Creek Canyon Ecological Reserve consists of two units, the Virgin Valley and Canyon Units, located along Butte Creek. The Virgin Valley Unit lies in an alluvial apron just downstream from the Butte Creek canyon, and the Canyon Unit lies within the canyon itself. The reserve supports various riparian community types, including Great Valley Oak and Great Valley Cottonwood Riparian Forests. Wintering bald eagles can occasionally be seen here.

Recreational Use:

Hiking, birdwatching, and wildlife viewing are permitted. Wildlife species that can be seen at the reserve include western pond turtle, red-legged frog, deer, coyote, bobcat, beaver, ash-throated flycatcher, yellow warbler, and western bluebird.

Fishing by boat or or other flotation device within the Reserve and in the main channel of Butte Creek is permitted only from February 1 through April 30.

Hunting: Not permitted.

Facilities: None.

PLEASE NOTE: Area regulations are subject to change. Special restrictions on recreational uses, hunt days and methods of take are listed in the current year's issue of Hunting and Other Public Uses on State and Federal Areas, available at CDFW offices and places where licenses are sold.



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