California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Hope Valley Wildlife Area - Alpine County

Deer Hunting Allowed Wildlife Viewing Fishing Allowed Bow Hunting Allowed Restrooms Available
The symbols above are activities permitted on this Wildlife Area. Click for more info.

Location: Alpine County - approximately 12 miles south of South Lake Tahoe on either side of Highway 89 at the junction of Highway 88 and 89 known as Picketts Junction. Expansion areas are located south of this main parcel on either side of Highway 88.

Phone Number: (916) 358-2900

Maps: Directional Map (PDF)   Aerial Map (PDF)

Area Regulations:

  • Backpack camping east of Highway 89 only
  • Trailers and open fires are not allowed
  • Access is limited to non-motorized uses only

Special Restrictions: Hunting is allowed only from the opening of archery deer season through January 31

Access: The Wildlife Area spans Highway 89 at its junction with Highway 88, known as Pickett's Junction. Expansion areas are located south of this main parcel on both sides of Highway 88.

Description: The area consists of 2,869 acres of high elevation wet meadow, montane chaparral, Jeffrey pine forest, and aspen-lodgepole pine forest communities. Wildlife species commonly seen here include mule deer, black bear, bobcat, blue grouse, northern goshawk, Clark's nutcracker, and white-headed woodpecker. The west fork of the Carson River flows through the southern portion of the property, supporting beaver and occasionally willow flycatcher.

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

  • Nature walks, birdwatching and photography are common activities.
  • Fishing is allowed during open season.
  • Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular activities during winter months.
  • Backpack camping is allowed east of Highway 89 only.

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

Facilities: Disabled accessible parking and restroom facilities are located on the west side of Pickett's Junction on Highway 88. Disabled accessible fishing piers are located north of the restroom.

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 where licenses are sold.


KC/WLB 08/09