California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Surprise Valley Wildlife Area - Modoc County

Wildlife Viewing Deer Hunting Allowed Quail Hunting Allowed
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Location: Modoc County - on the western edge of Surprise Valley, approximately nine miles south of Cedarville.

Phone Number: (530) 233-3581

Map: Directional Map (PDF)

Access: From Cedarville take Surprise Valley Road south 9 miles

Description: 460 acres of rolling to rocky hills of sagebrush and juniper habitat. This area was obtained for the preservation of the Warner Mountain Deer herd's winter range.

Recreational Use: Type C Wildlife Area

  • Camping is permitted in south parking area except during April 1 to August 15
  • Wildlife viewing is also permitted, and this area is occasionally frequented by bobcat, coyote, and birds of prey

Hunting: is permitted for deer, rabbit, and quail

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.


KC/WLB 02/09