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Randall Finley
East Walker River Wildlife Area - Site # 70
The scenic East Walker River winds through miles of Great Basin shrub lands bordered by the Toiyabe National Forest. This seven-mile stretch of river is known as one of California's finest trophy trout fishing streams. It claims seven of the eight fish native to this watershed: mountain whitefish, tui chub, speckled dace, Lahontan redside, mountain sucker, Tahoe sucker, and Lahontan cutthroat trout.

The lush riparian corridor sustains Canada geese and other waterfowl. Look for Canada geese nesting on the cliffs overlooking the river. Beaver, mink, and river otter reside in and along the stream. It's not unusual to see golden eagles, bald eagles, and prairie falcons cruising above the watershed. Migratory mule deer routinely travel along the river corridor and use the surrounding area as their winter range. The shrub lands attract songbirds, upland birds, and occasional black bear and mountain lions.

One of the springs on this wildlife area is also habitat for an unusual species of spring snail that has not been found elsewhere in the state.

Background: The headwaters of the East Walker River originate from several creeks in the eastern Sierra Nevada upstream of Bridgeport Valley, including Virginia Creek, Green Creek, Robinson Creek, and Buckeye Creek. Bridgeport Reservoir and Twin Lakes are the only significant water impoundment features within the East Walker River watershed.

The Habitat: 1,367 acres of wetlands and riparian habitat along a seven-mile stretch on both sides of the East Walker River

Viewing Tips: Deer and fish common year-round. Many resident mammals. Waterfowl common in spring and summer. Songbirds, birds of prey best spring through fall. Nearby Green Creek Wildlife Area offers simular viewing opportunities and is an excellent birding area.

Nearby Viewing Sites: Bridgeport Reservoir, Bodie State Park, Mono Lake National Recreation Area, Lee Vining/Tioga Lake, Fish Slough

Visitor Information: Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce - (760) 932-7500 - http://bridgeportcalifornia.com
Viewing Site Hours of Operation are:
Staff On-site: No
Open: Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat
Year Round: Yes

Road Information:   Paved. 
Road Hazards: 
 Number of Parking Spaces: 0
Parking Fee: No
Proximity to viewing area:
 Pull-Through Parking: 
Parking Notes: 

Special Tips: There is good access and fishing for trout. Public lands administered by the U.S. Forest Service can be accessed from the wildlife area. Hunting: Type C Wildlife Area. Waterfowl, valley and mountain quail, and deer may be present.

Facilities: None. Forest Service campgrounds can be found nearby

How to Get There: In Bridgeport, from the junction of Highways 395 and 182, drive north on Highway 182 about 5 miles. Use pullouts over the next 7 miles to view wildlife.

Contact Information
Managing Agency: California Department of Fish & Widlife
Agency Site URL: http://www.wildlife.ca.gov
Physical Address:407 W. Line Street
Bishop, CA 93514
Agency 2:
, CA
Manager Phone:(760) 872-1158
Site Phone:(760) 872-1171
County: Mono
Addition Website:  http://www.monocounty.org