California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Buttermilk Country Wildlife Area - Inyo County

Deer Hunting Allowed Wildlife Viewing Quail hunting allowed Hiking Hunting with bow and arrow allowed.
The symbols above are activities permitted on this Wildlife Area. Click for more info.

Location: 12 miles west of Bishop on east slope of Sierra Nevada on Buttermilk Road. West of Grouse Mountain.

Phone Number: (760) 872-1171

Map: Directional Map (PDF)

Access: From Bishop and Hwy 395 head westerly on Hwy 168 to Buttermilk Road and go west for about 6 miles. The road passes through the western portion of the wildlife area.

Description: 325 acres of high desert meadow, surrounded by Inyo National Forest, and dominated by Great Basin vegetation consisting of sagebrush, bitterbrush, rabbitbrush, saltbrush, buckwheat and pinyon-juniper woodland habitats. McGee Creek runs along an eastern portion of the area. The wildlife area provides important habitat for migration of the Buttermilk deer herd between their summer and winter ranges.

Recreational Use: Type C wildlife area.

Hunting: deer, mountain quail, blue grouse

Fishing: brook trout

Method of take: Shotguns, rifles, archery

Opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, photography

Camping is not allowed

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.


ST/WLB 11/08