Mouth of Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area

California rules and regulations for hunting ducks, geese, scaup, brant, Canada geese, dark geese, snow geese, white-fronted geese, specklebellies, white geese, and migratory game birds on national wildlife refuges, California wildlife areas, and California ecological reserves
Waterfowl hunting

On this page, you’ll find area-specific regulations that supplement and/or supersede general use regulations, both of which are a condition for use and incorporated by reference into the entry permit. You’ll also find links to supporting law, websites, directions, hunt maps, and a suggestion box.

Warning shot!!! Remember, federal law also applies (link to our summary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.) and additional may be located at the Wildlife Area that you can’t find anywhere else (e.g. check station, information kiosks, permits, reservations, road signs, etc.)

 


A. General Info

Map with directions to the Mouth of Cottonwood wildlife area in California for hunting migratory game birds, waterfowl, ducks, geese, etc.
Directions
  • Authorized Activities: all legal species (per reg.), but the CDFW webpage emphasizes the following—
  1. Waterfowl hunting: goose & duck
  2. Upland game bird hunting: dove, pheasant, quail, snipe & Turkey
  3. Big game hunting: deer
  4. Small game hunting: rabbit & tree squirrel
  • CDFW symbols: Area webpage only reflects the following activities:

California Department of Fish & Wildlife waterfowl symbol for hunting migratory game birds, waterfowl, ducks, geese, brant, scaup, snipe, coot, and moorhen.California Department of Fish and Wildlife symbol indicating that deer hunting is authorized on a State wildlife area.California Department of Fish and Wildlife symbol indicating that wild turkey hunting is authorized on a State wildlife area.California Department of Fish and Wildlife symbol indicating that quail hunting is authorized on a State wildlife area.California Department of Fish and Wildlife symbol indicating that pheasant hunting is authorized on a State wildlife area.California Department of Fish & Wildlife archery symbol for hunting migratory game birds, waterfowl, ducks, geese, brant, scaup, snipe, coot, and moorhen with a bow and arrow.California Department of Fish and Wildlife symbol indicating that no rifles or pistols may be used to hunt authorized on a State wildlife area.

 


  • City: approx. 10 mi. E. of Cottonwood where Cottonwood Creek and the Sacramento River meet

  • County: Shasta County
  • Habitat: river, creek, riparian habitat with cottonwood, Oregon ash, and willow, as well as California rose, blackberry, box elder, and native grasses.
  • Location: see our Google map
  • Phone: (530) 225-2300
  • Recreational useType C
  • Region: 1. Northern
  • Size: 571 – 917 acres (CDFW webpage v. booklet)
  • Waterfowl Zone: Balance of State WF Zone
  • Website: Mouth of Cottonwood Creek

B. All Hunting

  • Access:
  1. Foot access: ONLY by foot (adjacent to Adobe Rd./ Hacienda Rd. intersection)

    Use of bow and arrows
    Use of bow and arrows
  • Archery: allowed (link to summary of archery-specific regulations)
  • Bicycles: NOT allowed
  • Camping & trailers: NOT allowed
  • Dog leashes: required from Mar. 1 – Aug. 15
  • Dog training: NOT allowed
  • Enter/Exit: ONLY at designated points of access (see our Google map)
  • Hunt area:

    Mouth of Cottonwood Creek wildlife area map with legal boundaries.
    Legal Boundaries
  • Hunt days: DAILY during open seasons for authorized species
  • Hunter capacity: NO limit
  • Registration:
  1. Check-in: from one (1) hour before sunrise
  2. Check-out: by one (1) hour after sunset
  • Weapons: NO rifles or pistols may be possessed–ONLY shotguns and archery equipment  (per DFG webpage) [ref. § 551(r)(36)]

C. Non-Hunting Activities

The Legal Labrador
Dog Field Trials
  • Dog field trial: NOT allowed
  • Dog leashes: required from Mar. 1 – Aug. 15
  • Dog training: NOT allowed
  • Horses: NOT allowed

D. Regulations

California rules and regulations for the use of boats while on national wildlife refuges, California state wildlife areas, and California ecological reserves while hunting for ducks and geese (scaup, brant, Canada geese, dark geese, snow geese, white-fronted geese, specklebellies, white geese); migratory game birds (doves, pigeon, snipe, waterfowl) resident small game birds (grouse, pheasant, ptarmigan, quail, turkey), resident small game (jackrabbit, rabbit, squirrel), big game (antelope, bear, deer, elk, pig, sheep), non-game (coyotes, crow, fox, raccoon) and fishing (bullfrogging, commercial fishing, crayfishing, crawfishing and sport fishing)
CA. Hunting Rules & Regulations

(13) Mouth of Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area

Type C Area 571 acres

Location Access: Approximately ten miles east of the town of Cottonwood, where Cottonwood Creek enters the Sacramento River. Walk in access is adjacent to Adobe Road/ Hacienda Road intersection. Daily Hunter Capacity: No limit. For information call (530) 225-2300.

(A) Method of Take Restrictions: No rifles or pistols may be used or possessed.

(B) Hunt Days: Daily during open seasons for authorized species.

(C) Authorized Species: All legal species.

(D) Camping and Trailers: Not allowed.

(E) Special Restrictions: Public entry is allowed from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. Dog field trials, dog training, horseback riding, and bicycles are prohibited. Dogs must be on a leash from March 1 through August 15.