California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Spenceville Wildlife Area - Nevada & Yuba Counties

fishing Deer Hunting Allowed Wildlife Viewing Quail Hunting Bow Hunting Allowed
Turkey Hunting Allowed Hiking Waterfowl Hunting Allowed Shotgun Hunting Allowed
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Location: Nevada and Yuba Counties - Approximately 18 miles east of Marysville, and north of Camp Far West

Phone Number: (530) 538-2236

Map: Directional Map (PDF)

Topographic Maps: Area Map (PDF)    North Map (PDF)    South Map (PDF)

Area Regulations:

  • The use of off highway vehicles (OHV's) and all terrain vehicles is prohibited
  • Camping and trailers are allowed in designated campsites during the period September 1 through the end of the spring turkey season

Special Restrictions:

  • An entry permit, issued by special drawing, is required for the first nine days of the spring turkey season. During those nine days the wildlife area is closed to all public entry, except those individuals possessing a special permit issued by the department
  • Fires allowed only in portable gas stoves at designated campsites

Access: From Marysville take Highway 20 approximately 18 miles and turn right on Smartsville Road for 1 mile to enter the Wildlife Area.

Description: Spenceville Wildlife Area is comprised of 11,942 acres of blue oak - gray pine woodland characteristic of the Sierra Foothills. The terrain of the area varies from 200' to 1200' elevation. The wildlife area is bordered on the west by Beale Air Force Base and on the north, south, and east by privately owned ranches. There are numerous ponds, creeks, trails and riparian zones in the area.

Recreational Use

Type C Wildlife Area - no permits, passes, or reservations are required except for spring turkey hunt.

  • Fishing - Fishing best for largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish in the following waters: Pittman, Horseshoe, Little Dry Creek, Wood Duck #1, Spring Plot, and Upper Jones Ponds. Also Dry Creek, Little Dry Creek, and Cox Creek.
  • Camping - Camping from Sept. 1 through the end of spring turkey season in the designated camp Area only. Camping is limited to 7 consecutive days or 14 days total during the calendar year.
  • Dog Training - Allowed from July 1 through March 15 on areas designated by the Department. Refer to map (provided upon request)
  • Equestrian Trail Riding - Trail riding is limited to designated trails, graveled administrative roads (Pittman, Falls, Nichols, Jones), and within 25 feet of any wildlife area exterior boundary fence. No cross country riding is permitted. Equestrians may access the area at the designated camp area and the access gates on Waldo Road located by the corrals. Equestrian-drawn carriages - Only county roads open to vehicles may be used.
  • Bicycles - Bicycle use by individuals is restricted to graveled administrative roads (Pittman, Falls, Nichols, Jones) and county roads. The roads listed above are all gated with white pipe gates.
  • Archery - Target practice at the public archery and/or shooting areas only. Archery equipment may be possessed on the wildlife area during legal archery season starting September 1.
  • Target Shooting- Target shooting is permitted at the public target shooting area where only paper and clay targets will be allowed and must be removed prior to leaving the shooting area.

Group Use

Permits must be obtained from CDFW to schedule all group use events.

THE AREA MANAGER SHALL DETERMINE IF OTHER INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITIES NOT COVERED UNDER THESE REGULATIONS OR TITLE 14 ARE COMPATIBLE WITH THE PRIMARY WILDLIFE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE AREA. INQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE AREA MANAGER AT (530) 538-2236.

Hunting

Allowed September 1 - January 31 for all legal species and during spring turkey season. Reservations are required for the first nine days of the spring turkey season. Apply online. Bobwhite are considered quail and may be hunted during the local California quail season.

Bobwhite (leftover after dog field trials) - usually found in the open areas.

Deer - Good resident deer population. Zone D-3.

Mourning dove - Good nesting population; hunting best along the perennial stream and ponds and surrounding food plots throughout the area.

Tree squirrels, rabbits, coyotes, and ground squirrels - Scattered throughout the area.

Valley quail - Found near water and blackberries.

Waterfowl - Jump shoot the ponds for mallards and wood ducks.

Wild pig - On rare occasions they enter the area from the south.

Wild Turkey - Found throughout the wildlife area

Facilities: Campgrounds available September 1 through spring turkey season.

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 08/09