Oroville 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 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

  • Oroville wildlife areas map with directions.

    Directions

    Authorized activities: all legal species, but DFG emphasizes–

  1. Waterfowl hunting: goose & duck
  2. Upland game bird hunting: quail & Turkey
  3. Big game hunting: deer
  4. Sport fishing: allowed, common species include___
  5. Target shooting: all legal firearms and archery equipment
  6. Dog trials
  • City: near Oroville
  • County: Butte
  • Habitat: ___
  • Location: W. of Oroville and S. of Hwy 162, adjacent to the Feather River. The Thermalito Unit is 5 mi. W. of Oroville, E. of Hwy 99. Access: Access is via Hwy 162, Larkin Rd. and Wilbur Rd. Area HQ located approx. 1/2 mi. W. of Hwy 70 on Oro Dam Blvd. W see our Google map)
  • Phone: (530) 538-2236
  • Recreational useType C
  • Region 2: Map
  • Size: 11,871 acres
  • Waterfowl zone: Balance of State WF Zone
  • Website: Oroville WLA

B. All Hunting

Image of campers, trailers and tents.

Use of Campers, trailers and tents

  • ATV’s: NO off-highway vehicles allowed at any time
  • Camping & trailers:
  1. Duration: NO more than seven (7) days in a row or 14 days per calendar year except w/ prior written permission from the Regional Mgr.
  2. Location: ONLY in designated campsites (open 24 hrs). Warning shots!!! “Camping” includes shelters and vehicle w/sleeping accommodations and is subject to 550(12) restrictions [summary those ___]

551(m)(22)]

  • Closures: NO hunting from Feb. 1 – Aug. 31 except during spring Turkey season [§ 551(o)(42)]
  • Fires: ONLY in portable gas stoves at designated camping sites [§ 551(n)(4)]
  • Horses: horeses and carriages ONLY on roads open to vehicles and w/in 25 ft. of exterior boundary fences [§ 551(l)(19)]
  • Hours: NO public from one (1) hour after sunset until the legal entry time the following morning except for “Camping & trailers” see above
  • Hunt areas:

  • Hunt days:
  1. Fall and Winder: DAILY from Sept. 1 – Jan. 31
  2. Spring Turkey season: DAILY but ONLY turkey may be hunted
  • Hunter capacity: NO limit except during spring “Turkey Season” (see below)
  • Registration: except during “Waterfowl Season” (see below),
  1. Check-in: from one (1) hour before sunrise
  2. Check-out: by one (1) hour after sunset
  • Weapons: except at the designated “Target Practice” area (see above), NO rifles or pistols may be possessed—ONLY shotguns and archery equipment [§ 551(r)(39)]

C. Waterfowl Season

 

California rules and regulations for using bikes or bicycles on national wildlife refuges, State wildlife areas, and State ecological reserves while 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/or fishing (bullfrogging, commercial fishing, crayfishing, crawfishing and sport fishing)

  • Bicycles: ONLY on roads open to vehicles [§ 551(j)(4)]
  • Boats: allowed
  • Boat speed: 5 mph except on the S. portion of the Thermalito Afterbay Unit (S. of Hwy 162) [§ 551(l)(19)]
  • Hunt maps: right
    Oroville wildlife area, North Unit Hunt Map

    North Unit

    Oroville wildlife area, South Unit Hunt Map

    South Unit

  • Hunt days: DAILY
  • Registration: at the ___
  1. Check-in: from one and one-half (1 1/2) hours before sunrise
  2. Check-out: by one (1) hour after sunset

Image of Tom turkey

Wild Turkey

D. Turkey Season

  • Hunt days:
  1. Fall season: DAILY
  2. Spring season: DAILY
  • Hunter capacity: see “Permits” below
  • Registration:
  1. Check-in: from one (1) hour before sunrise
  2. Check-out: by one (1) hour after sunset
  • Seasons: click Turkey
  • Permits: required and available by special draw
  1. Applications: follow link for info
  2. Availability: approx. ___ permits

551(q)(16)]


Use of bow and arrows

Use of bow and arrows

E. Non-Hunting Activities

  • Dogs: NOT allowed from Mar. 1 – June 30. Click here for California hunting dog laws, including rules for specific hunting locations.
  • Dog trials: ONLY (a) in designated areas and (b) from Jul. 1 – Mar. 15. Click here for California hunting dog laws, including rules for specific hunting locations.
  • Target practice:
  1. Availability: open ALL year from sunrise to sunset
  2. Targets: ONLY paper and clay. Warning shot!!! Clean up before leaving.
  3. Weapons: all legal firearms and archery equipment may be possessed and discharged at the target practice area

551(r)(39) and § 551(v)(2)]


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

F. Regulations

(31) Oroville Wildlife Area

Type C Area 11,871 acres

Location and Access: West of Oroville and south of Highway 162, adjacent to the Feather River. The Thermalito Unit is five miles west of Oroville, east of Highway 99. Access: Access is via Highway 162, Larkin Road and Wilbur Road. Area Headquarters located approximately 1/2 mile west of Highway 70 on Oro Dam Boulevard West. Daily Hunter Capacity: No limit except during the spring turkey season. For additional information please call (530) 538-2236. For information on the spring turkey application process, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/uplandgame/ gamebird/index.html

(A) Method of Take Restrictions: No rifles or pistols may be used or possessed, except at the designated target practice area.

(B) Hunt Days: Daily from September 1 through January 31 during open seasons for authorized species and during the spring turkey season.

(C) Authorized Species: All legal species.

(D) Camping and Trailers: Allowed in designated campsites. Erecting a shelter or parking a vehicle equipped with sleeping accommodations in a designated campsite is considered camping and shall be subject to camping restrictions provided in Subsection 550(B) (12).

(E) Special Restrictions: All legal firearms and archery equipment may be possessed and discharged at the target practice area, which is open all year. Only paper and clay targets may be used and must be removed by the user when leaving the area. Use of the target practice area is permitted only from sunrise to sunset. Entry permits issued by special drawing are required for turkey hunting, which is allowed only during the spring turkey season. Hunting is allowed only from September 1 through January 31 and during the spring turkey season, when only turkeys may be hunted. Fires are allowed only in portable gas stoves at sites designated for camping by the department. Dog training is allowed only in designated areas and only from July 1 through March 15. Horses are restricted to roads open to vehicles and within 25 feet of exterior boundary fences. Bicycles and horse drawn carriages are restricted to roads open to vehicles. No off-highway vehicles are allowed at any time. On the south portion of the Thermalito Afterbay Unit (those portions of the Afterbay water surface south of Highway 162), motorized boat speeds may exceed 5mph; all other portions of the wildlife area are subject to the 5mph speed limit for motorized boats. Public entry is allowed only from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset, except during the waterfowl season when entry is allowed from one and one half hours before sunrise to one hour after sunset. The area is closed to all public uses from one hour after sunset until the legal entry time the following morning, except for the designated camping area(s), which are open 24 hours.

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