California Department of Fish and Wildlife

East Walker River Wildlife Area - Mono County

fishing Deer Hunting Allowed Wildlife Viewing Waterfowl Hunting Allowed Quail Hunting Allowed
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Location: 6 miles north of Bridgeport and Hwy 395 along Hwy 182 and the East Walker River.

Phone Number: (760) 872-1171

Map: Directional Map (PDF)

Access: From Bridgeport head north on Hwy 182, past Bridgeport Reservoir. The wildlife area begins near the north end of Bridgeport Reservoir and straddles the highway and river for seven miles, nearly to the Nevada border.

Description: 1,367 acres of wetlands and riparian habitat along a 7 mile stretch on both sides of the East Walker River, north of Bridgeport Reservoir. Elevation ranges from 6,000' to 6,500'. Brown and rainbow trout, waterfowl, bald and golden eagles, prairie falcons, quail, grouse, passerine birds, beaver, river otter, mink, black bear are found here. The river valley is a migration corridor for East Walker mule deer herd.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land surrounds the reservoir and the wildlife area is bordered by Toiyabe National Forest.

Recreational Use: Type C wildlife area

  • The area is open to hunting, hiking, photography, and bird watching.
  • Hunting is allowed daily during open seasons for legal game species.
  • Public lands administered by the U.S. Forest Service can be accessed from the wildlife area.

Hunting: Waterfowl, valley & mountain quail, deer

Fishing: Good access and fishing for trout.

Camping: Not allowed on wildlife area. Forest Service campgrounds can be found nearby.

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.