Honey Lake Wildlife Area

Honey Lake Flemming Unit Map PRAWarning shot!!! For the 2014-15 season, NO reservations will be issued for opening day due to drought.  Permits will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.  Link to News

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 Treat 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 (Fleming and Dakin Units)

Map with directions to the Honey Lake wildlife area in California for hunting migratory game birds, waterfowl, ducks, geese, etc.

Directions

  • Authorized Activities:
  1. Waterfowl hunting: geese, ducks, coot & moorhen
  2. Upland game bird hunting: doves, pheasant, quail & snipe
  3. Small game hunting: rabbits
  • 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 pheasant 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 no rifles or pistols may be used to hunt authorized on a State wildlife area.


  • City: about 20 miles east of Susanville

  • County: Lassen County
  • Habitat: shallow lake surrounded by alkali tolerant vegetation at the shore, sagebrush, and wetland.
  • Location: see our Google map
  • Phone: (530) 254-6644.
  • Recreational useType B
  • Region: 1. Northern
  • Size:7,366 – 7,667 acres (CDFW webpage v. booklet)
  • Waterfowl Zone: Northeastern WF Zone
  • Website: Honey Lake WLA

B. All Hunting

Image of campers, trailers and tents.

Use of Campers, trailers and tents

  • ADA: blind access at the Dakin Unit (see our Google map)
  • Camping & trailers: allowed but  Warning shots!!! Per Rob, on 9/2/14 at the phone number above, camping before the season opens is allowed only the Friday night before opening day AND  campers must remain with their vehicle or be ordered to the back of the line. [ref. § 551(m)(9)].  It also requires registration (see “Rules” below)
  • Closures: partial closures are possible from Mar. 1 – Aug. [ref. § 551(o)(25)]
  • Dog leashes: required from Mar. 1 to Aug. 15
  • Enter/Exit: ONLY at designated points of access
  • Hunt Maps: pic. below
  • RulesHoney Lake Camping RegistrationHoney Lake WLA RulesHoney Lake ParkingSan Felipe Kiosk Honey Lake Parking2

  • Weapons: shotguns ONLY (per DFG webpage)
Honey Lake wildlife area, Fleming Unit, map with details

Fleming Unit Hunt Map

Honey Lake wildlife area, Darkin Unit, map with details

Dankin Unit Hunt Map

Honey Lake Flemming Unit Map PRA Honey Lake Dakin Unit Map PRA


C. Waterfowl Season

  • Check Station
  1. Check-in: NO later than the last hour of shoot time
  2. Registration: ALWAYS required except opening weekend when “Reservations” are required (see below)
  • Hunt days: Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during open seasons
  • Hunter capacity: 125 per unit
  • Junior Waterfowl Hunts: check for flyers (e.g. below)
  • Parking:
  • Honey Lake Youth Waterfowl HuntPasses: a Type A or Type B season pass is required and must be pre-purchased the CDFW (link to purchasing info). Warning shot!!! NOT sold at the check station.
  • Permits: issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning one (1) hour before shoot time except opening weekend (see “Reservations” below)Honey Lake Dakin Unit Kill Card
  • Reservations: required and available ONLY for opening weekends of WF and pheasant seasons
  1. Applications: Each “rezzy” is good for both Sat. and Sun., but to qualify applications must specify the Sat. hunt day. Purchase at least 17 days in advance from a CDFW License Sales Office or Agent (link to purchasing info) ___. Warning shot!!! NOT sold at the check station or online.
  2. Availability: approx. ___ “rezzies”
  3. Party size: six (6), including no more than two adults, each of which may be accompanied by a combination of two juniors or non-shooters (per Rob at the phone number above on 9/2/14)
  4. Passes: see “Passes” above
  5. Permits: issued to reservation holders in numerical order
  6. Processing: begins at the ___, two (2) hours before shoot time, and continues until ___ hour before shoot time, at which time reservations expire
  • Sign-In Procedures:

Honey Lake Waterfowl Rules and Regs


D. Dove Seasons

Dove hunting in California

Dove Hunting

  • Hunt days:
  1. Early season: DAILY during the Sept. dove season
  2. Late season: ONLY on WF hunt days

E. Pheasant Seasons

Pheasant hunting in California

Pheasant hunting

  • Hunt days: WF hunt days during the pheasant season.
  • Reservations: same as for “Waterfowl season” above

F. Quail Season

Quail hunting in California

Quail Hunting

  • Hunt days: waterfowl hunt days during the pheasant season [ref. § 551(s)(11)]

G. Rabbit Season

Rabbit hunting in California

Rabbit hunting

  • Hunt days: waterfowl hunt days during the pheasant season [ref. § 551(s)(11)]

H. Snipe Season

California rules and regulations for hunting snipe on national wildlife refuge, California wildlife areas, and California ecological reserves

Snipe Hunting

  • Hunt Days: Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays

I. 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

(9) Honey Lake Wildlife Area. (Fleming and Dakin Units)

Type B Area 7,366 acres

Location: Off Highway 395 about 3 miles east of Litchfield south on Mapes Road about 1.8 miles, left on Fish and Game Road to entrance of Fleming Unit. Checking Station: Type A or Type B season passes are required but are not available at the checking station. checking station opens two hours before shooting time on opening weekend and opens one hour before shooting time on a first-come, first-served basis after opening weekend. Hunters must register on the hunting day. Registration of licensed hunters for each shoot day, except for opening weekend of waterfowl season and pheasant season, will be on a first-come, first-served basis. No one will be checked in to hunt during the last hour of legal shooting time. Reservations: Required for opening weekend of duck and pheasant seasons. Each reservation will be good for both days of opening weekend, but applications must specify the Saturday shoot day in order to be considered. All hunting is first-come, first-served for the remainder of the season. Daily Hunter Capacity: 125 at each unit. For information call (530) 254-6644.

(A) Hunt Days: Waterfowl, coots, moorhens, and snipe: Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays during open seasons. Pheasants: Waterfowl hunt days during the pheasant season. Quail and rabbits: Waterfowl hunt days that occur during the pheasant season. Doves: Daily during the September dove season and on waterfowl hunt days during the late dove season.

(B) Authorized Species: Waterfowl , snipe , coots, moorhens, pheasants, quail, doves, and rabbits.

(C) Camping and Trailers: Allowed.

(D) Special Restrictions: Designated portions of the wildlife area may be closed to all public entry from March 1 through August 15. No person shall enter or leave the area except at designated entry points. Dogs must be on a leash from March 1 to August 15.

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