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Black Butte Lake - Site # 35
Wildflowers paint the landscape in brilliant colors throughout the spring.
SeasonalSeasonal - these sites have high wildlife values during certain seasons, though they may have recreational value year-round.

Background: Multiple types of habitat exist at Black Butte Lake and provide excellent opportunities for a diverse selection of species to thrive. Stony Creek begins at Snow Mountain and flows through Black Butte Lake to the Sacramento River. The area supports a wide variety of mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians with vegetation varying from riparian creekside to upland Oak Savannah.
Black volcanic bluffs dominate the topography around the lake. Wildflowers paint the landscape in brilliant colors throughout the spring. The scattered oak and valley grasslands typical of the greater Sacramento Valley region are found at this park.

The Habitat: Rolling oak woodlands (75%)

Riparian corridor along Stony Creek (25%)

The Experience: Black Butte is actively utilized as a rest and feeding stop for migratory bird species. The topography and vegetation are exceptional examples of the Greater Sacramento Valley ecological elements.

Wildlife and Where to Find It: Car, camping, picnic facilities, overlook, boating.

Viewing Tips: Waterfowl, wading birds, birds of prey, song birds, black-tailed deer, and beaver - spring and fall. Ospreys and bald eagles - winter. Reptiles and small mammals - year-round.

Site Notes: Several forks of Stony Creek flow from the Coast Range mountains to this lake set amoung rolling oak woodlands, jagged ancient lava flows, and the rock spires of towering basalt buttes. Western fence lizards sun themselves on rocks that may hide Pacific rattlesnakes. The Buckhorn Trail winds among blue oaks and offers views of mourning doves, Lewis' woodpeckers, black-tailed deer and red-tailed hawks. The trail overlooks the lake, where western grebes, American white pelicans, and other waterfowl cluster on the open waters or in quiet coves along the 40-mile shoreline. The Big Oak Trail meanders near Stony Creek and Grizzly Flat, where lush riparian vegetation attracts warblers, wild turkeys, nesting great egrets and great blue herons. Brushy dams provide clues to beaver activity.

Nearby Viewing Sites: Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
Colusa National Wildlife Refuge
Llano Seco

Festivals & Events: Snow Goose Festival (January/ Chico), Audubon field trips year-round
On site: National Public Lands Day, Chico Hobbie Cat Regatta Off site: Snow Goose Festival, Boat, Sport and RV Show, Tehama County Children's Fair, Glenn County Fair, Olive Festival, Community Resource Fair.
Nature & Wildflower Festival
Salmon Festival

Visitor Information: Red Bluff Chamber of Commerce - (530) 527-6220 - https://redbluffchamber.com/
Viewing Site Hours of Operation are:
Staff On-site: Yes
Open: Everday
Hours: Varies depending on recreation area.
Year Round: Yes
Seasonal: Black Butte lake is open year-round, however some facilities may be closed during winter months.

Road Information:   Paved.  Dirt. 
Road Hazards: No
 Number of Parking Spaces: 0
Parking Fee: Yes
Proximity to viewing area:varies depending on recreation area
 Pull-Through Parking: Yes
Parking Notes: 

How to Get There: From Orland, CA: From Interstate 5 take the CA-Hwy 32 exit west on Newville Road (Road 200) for 9.5 miles. Turn left at the sign for Eagle Pass Day Use Area and Observation Point. Turn left into Park Headquarters.

Contact Information
Managing Agency: US Army Corps of Engineers
Agency Site URL: http://www.spk.usace.army.mil/Locations/Sacramento-District-Parks/Black-Butte-Lake/
Physical Address:19225 Newville Road
Orland, CA 95963-8901
Agency 2:19225 Newville Road
Orland, CA 95963-8901
Manager Phone:(530) 865-4781 Contact Us:by Email
Site Phone:(530) 865-4781
County: Tehema & Glenn
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