Dales Lake Ecological Reserve - Tehama County
  • Tehama County - 11 miles northeast of Red Bluff
  • Phone Number: (530) 225-2300
Special Restrictions:
  • Camping is not allowed.
  • From Red Bluff, travel east on Highway 36 for approximately 11 miles; at Dales Station, turn left on Manton Road; the Reserve is located ½ mile past Dales Station on the west side of the road.
  • Geologically recent lava flows combined with older alluvial deposits give rise to extensive, gently sloping terraces comprising the Dales Plains. This terrain supports abundant vernal pools. The 367 acres of Dales Lake property is largely open grasslands on the southern end. On the northern end is blue oak - foothill pine woodland.
Outdoor California Article:Recreational Use:
  • Wildlife viewing and birdwatching are excellent at Dales Lake. The vernal pools of this area support a unique flora and fauna, including about 100 plant species that occur in no other location or habitat, as well as tadpole and fairy shrimp. Migrating waterfowl stop here to feast on the seasonal invertebrates. Deer and other grassland grazers can also be spotted.
  • Waterfowl during open season
  • 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 Office Northern Region
    • 619 Second Street
    • Eureka, CA 95501
    • (707) 445-6493
    • FAX: (707) 445-6664

Contact Dales Lake Ecological Reserve - Tehama County

Neil Manji
Regional Manager - Northern Region
601 Locust Street
Redding, California  96001
Phone: (530) 225-2300
Fax: (530) 225-2055


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Tehama County, California

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