Shasta Valley Wildlife Area

Shasta Valley Wildlife Area

With rugged Mt. Shasta as a backdrop, the broad Shasta Valley stretches across an arid landscape pocked with debris from an ancient landslide.

The Little Shasta River meanders through the valley, providing water for family farms, ranches, and a remote state wildlife area that teems with wildlife.

Farmers and ranchers moved into the valley, and in 1889 the Yreka-Western Railroad was built to connect Yreka with the Southern Pacific's West Coast line to the east.

The town of Montague was built at the junction of the two railroads. Mt. Shasta dominates the landscape surrounding the Shasta Valley. Many cinder cone like mounds are the remains of a huge landslide that blanketed the area 360,000 years ago during the formation of Mt. Shasta.

To the west, the massive Klamath Mountains create a rain shadow and prevent most of the rain from reaching the valley, which averages only 12 inches of precipitation each year.
 
The dry juniper uplands stand in stark contrast to the lush corridor of bulrushes, cattails, and willows bordering the Little Shasta River where it winds through the valley.

Farmers and ranchers tap the river water to irrigate crops and fields, which support people and foraging wildlife alike. A number of small reservoirs located in the wildlife area ensure a year-round water supply, attracting wildlife species that might not otherwise occur in this arid region

Over 4,655 acres of Great Basin juniper woodland, riparian forest, seasonal wetlands and crop lands, with Mt. Shasta as a backdrop.

Three lakes within this area provide trout fishing. Mule deer, porcupines and coyotes are among the many animals found here

Directions: 8 mi east of Yreka.
From Montague proceed 1-1/2 mi east on Ball Mountain/Little Shasta Rd to the area headquarters entrance.

Sandhill Cranes
Sandhill Crane