California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Antelope Valley Wildlife Area - Sierra County

Deer Hunting Allowed Wildlife Viewing Quail Hunting Bear Hunting Allowed Turkey Hunting Allowed Hiking Allowed
The symbols above are activities permitted on this Wildlife Area. Click for more info.

Location: Sierra County - between Sierraville and Loyalton.

Phone Number: (916) 358-2900

Maps: Directional Map (PDF)

Topographic Maps: Antelope Valley WA (PDF)   Antelope Valley Unit (PDF)   Merry Go Round Unit (PDF)

Area Regulations:

  • Trailers are not allowed
  • Camping is allowed from May 1 through October 31 only
  • The use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) is prohibited

Special Restrictions: Hunting is allowed from July 1 through January 31 only.

Access: For the Merry-Go-Round Unit, access is directly off Highway 49, west of Antelope Valley Road and the town of Loyalton; the Antelope Valley Unit can be reached by taking County Road 855 (Antelope Valley Road) south from Highway 49 just west of Loyalton.

Description: This 5,616 acre wildlife area is made up of two units which are largely covered by sagebrush interspersed with rabbit brush and bitterbrush at the lower elevations. The upper slopes are populated by Jeffrey pine, juniper, mountain mahogany, and chaparral plants. It is considered prime deer winter range. Common game species include Rocky Mountain mule deer and mountain quail. Other common species include the golden mantled ground squirrel, Beechey ground squirrel, red-tailed hawk, Cooper's hawk, Stellar's jay, leopard frog and rattlesnake.

Outdoor California Article: "Protecting and manging deer winter range at Antelope Valley Wildlife Area" (PDF) or Text Only by Ronald. D. Rogers © 1999


Antelope Valley Wildlife Area

Antelope Valley Wildlife Area
Photo courtesy of the California Wildlife Conservation Board


Recreational Use: Type C Wildlife Area - no permits, passes, or reservations are required.

  • Area is open for hiking, camping, hunting and trapping.

Hunting: Permitted for deer, bear, rabbit, tree squirrel, wild turkey, quail, grouse, and dove

Facilities: None

Management Plan: Notice of Determination for the Final Antelope Valley and Smithneck Creek Wildlife Areas Land Management Plan (LMP) in Sierra County, California

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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