California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Camp Cady Wildlife Area - San Bernardino County

Wildlife Viewing Restrooms Available Quail Hunting Allowed Hiking Hunting with shotgun allowed
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Location: 20 miles east of Barstow on Mojave River and about 5 miles north of Newberry Springs in San Bernardino County.

Phone Number: 760-257-0900

Map: Directional Map (PDF)

Access: East from Barstow on Interstate 15 to Harvard Road, south to Mojave Trail Road (a dirt road), turn east to headquarters. From Newberry Springs and Hwy 40 take Newberry Road north to Valley Center Road, east to Harvard Road, then north to Mojave Trail Road.

Description: 1,870 acres of desert riparian habitat, consisting of screwbean mesquite, tamarisk, willow and cottonwood trees, saltgrass, saltbush, cattails along the Mojave River, which passes through the center of the wildlife area. Elevation ranges from 1,680'-1,760'. Habitat for Mojave tui chub, hawks, songbirds and shorebirds.

Historically the site became known as Camp Cady in 1860 when the U.S. military established a base camp to suppress Piute Indian attacks on wagon trains. The base was named Camp Cady in honor of Major Albemarle Cady of the 6th Infantry at Fort Yuma. The fort was strategically located along the road to Fort Mojave and close to the Salt Lake Trail which crossed the desert to Las Vegas, Nevada. Remnants of the fort can still be seen about one mile from the headquarters buildings. Still standing near the wildlife area headquarters are mud-chinked log cabins dating from 1900s. Volunteers from Quail Unlimited are onsite as caretakers of the buildings and grounds.

Recreational Use: Type C wildlife area.

  • Opportunities for hiking, birdwatching

Hunting: Dove, quail and rabbits

Method of Take Restrictions: No rifles or pistols may be used or possessed. Open for shotgun hunting

Camping: is allowed in parking lot at entrance to headquarters and also at the Harvard Road "dove" field

Facilities: Restrooms

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.