Buttermilk Country Wildlife Area - Inyo County
  • 12 miles west of Bishop on east slope of Sierra Nevada on Buttermilk Road. West of Grouse Mountain.
  • Phone Number: (760) 872-1171
  • From Bishop and Hwy 395 head westerly on Hwy 168 to Buttermilk Road and go west for about 6 miles. The road passes through the western portion of the wildlife area.
  • 325 acres of high desert meadow, surrounded by Inyo National Forest, and dominated by Great Basin vegetation consisting of sagebrush, bitterbrush, rabbitbrush, saltbrush, buckwheat and pinyon-juniper woodland habitats. McGee Creek runs along an eastern portion of the area. The wildlife area provides important habitat for migration of the Buttermilk deer herd between their summer and winter ranges.
Recreational Use:
  • Type C wildlife area.
  • Opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, photography
  • Camping is not allowed
  • Deer, mountain quail, blue grouse
  • Brook trout
Method of take:
  • Shotguns, rifles, archery
  • None
PLEASE NOTE: Area regulations are subject to change. Special restrictions on recreational uses, hunt days and methods of take are listed in the current year's issue of Hunting and Other Public Uses on State and Federal Areas, available at CDFW offices and places where licenses are sold.

Field Offices - Inland Deserts Region
  • Bermuda Dunes
    • 78078 Country Club Drive, Suite 109
    • Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
    • (760) 200-9158
    • FAX: (760) 200-9358
  • Bishop
    • 407 West Line Street, Rm 1
    • Bishop, CA 93514
    • (760) 872-1171
    • FAX: (760) 872-1284
  • Blythe
    • 17041 South Lovekin
    • P.O. Box 2160
    • Blythe, CA 92226
    • (760) 922-9189
    • FAX: (760) 922-5638

Contact Buttermilk Country Wildlife Area - Inyo County

Kimberly Nicol
Regional Manager - Inland Deserts Region
3602 Inland Empire Boulevard
Suite C-220
Ontario, California  91764
Phone: (909) 484-0167
Fax: (909) 481-2945


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Inyo County, California

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