Hope Valley Wildlife Area

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.)

General Info

  • Hope Valley WLAAuthorized species: all legal species, but CDFW emphasizes-
  1. Big game: black bear and mule deer
  2. Furebearers: bobcat
  3. Small game mammals: rabbit and tree squirrel
  4. Upland game birds: quail, blue grouse, and dove
  • CDFW symbols: the area webpage only reflects the following activities-

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 sport fishing 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.


  • County: Alpine County
  • Habitat: high elevation wet meadow, montane chaparral, Jeffrey pine forest, and aspen-lodgepole pine forest communities
  • Location: approximately 12 miles south of South Lake Tahoe on either side of Highway 89 at the junction of Highway 88 and 89 known as Picketts Junction. Expansion areas are located south of this main parcel on either side of Highway 88.
  • Phone: (916) 358-2900
  • Recreational Use: Type C
  • Region 2: North Central
  • Size: 2,869 acres
  • WebsiteHope Valley Wildlife Area


  • Aerial View

    Aerial View

    Access: only non-motorized uses (per CDFW webpage)

  • ADA: Disabled accessible parking and restroom facilities are located on the west side of Pickett’s Junction on Highway 88. Disabled accessible fishing piers are located north of the restroom
  • Camping:
  1. Location: Backpack camping east of Highway 89 only
  2. Trailers: NOT allowed
  • Use of bow and arrows

    Archery Season

    Fires: allowed ONLY in portable gas stoves [14 CCR § 551(n)(2)]

  • Hunting days: daily but only  from the opening of archer deer season through January 31


  • Allowed during open seasons

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