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Kanaka Valley Management Plan and Decision Record

What you need to know . . .

In General:

  • Campfires are not allowed
  • Overnight camping is not allowed
  • Target shooting, plinking, and similar activities are not allowed
  • Recreational gold seeking - Hands and Pans only.  No mining claims.
  • Horseback riding, mountain bikes and other non-motorized travel - on designated trails only
  • Recreationists with dogs should follow the El Dorado County Leash Law
  • Firewood permits - issued on a case by case basis
  • Special Recreation Use Permit - issued on a case by case basis
  • Leave No Trace - Pack it in, Pack it out

Kanaka Valley Public Access Map  (Adobe .pdf 1.9 mb)

Hunting is allowed only with the following: 

  • Bow and arrows
  • Smoothbore shotguns
  • Muzzle loaders - only after fire season is declared over by BLM
  • Air guns of .22 caliber or less

Hunting in general:

  • Hunting for bear, squirrels, rabbits, jackrabbits, waterfowl, furbearers, or non-game species is not allowed.
  • Hunting is restricted to deer and turkey in the fall season, deer during the summer archery-only season, quail and mourning doves in the fall season, and turkey under a special spring lottery hunt.

Hunting Zone Map  (Adobe .pdf 1.8 mb)

No Hunting Zone .kml file (Requires Google Earth)


Kanaka Valley Management Plan
and Decision Record

(Adobe .pdf 2662 kb)



Final Management Actions Table (Adobe .pdf  205 kb)

Other Important Links:

Leave No Trace 

Special Recreation Use Permit

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

California Department of Fish and Wildlife - (Fish & Game)