North of Highway 20, on the eastern edge of Lake County, the Indian Valley/Walker Ridge Recreation Area area offers an abundance of recreational possibilities. Rolling chaparral covered hills dotted with oak and pine make an ideal setting for hunting, camping, bicycling, hiking, and equestrian use. Popular game animals include blacktail deer, black bear, quail, dove, and wild turkey. For wildflower enthusiasts, pockets of the rare Indian Valley Brodiaea and Adobe Lily can be found within the area.
The nearby Indian Valley Reservoir provides an excellent locale for fishing, boating, and swimming, although the water level can drop quite low in the summertime, and boats are limited to 10 MPH on the lake (5 MPH within 200 yards of shore). Yolo County offers a for-fee RV campground near the dam. For specific information about the reservoir and campground, contact Yolo County at (530) 662-0265.
4/3/2008 - Yolo County advises that there is no potable water available at the Indian Valley Dam campground.
Located about 27 miles west of Williams or 14 miles east of Clearlake Oaks on Highway 20. Turn north on Walker Ridge Road, a graded gravel road, into the recreation area.
Hunting is permitted on the BLM lands. Since there are many private property inholdings in the area, be aware of the boundary lines. For hunting regulations, contact California Department of Fish and Game at (707) 944-5500.
The Kowalski trail offers the hiker 2.5 miles following the reservoir's west edge. You must cross the dam to access the trail.
Indian Valley Reservoir is home to large and smallmouth bass, kokanee salmon, crappie, rainbow trout, bluegill and catfish. Brown trout can found in the North Fork Cache Creek above and below the reservoir. Refer to current California fishing regulations.
There is no fee for camping. All sites are on a first-come first-served basis.
Blue Oaks Camp offers 6 campsites with picnic tables, fire pits and vault toilets. No hooks-up. No potable water. 1.6 miles from Indian Valley Dam.
Directions: From Highway 20, go north on Walker Ridge Road 5.4 miles to "T" intersection. Turn left and proceed 2.4 miles to campground.
Kowalski Camp is on the west shore and is primitive camping with no developed facilities. This is hike-in or boat-in access only.
Directions: From Highway 20, go north on Walker Ridge Road 5.4 miles to "T" intersection. Turn left and proceed 4 miles to Indian Valley Reservoir. To hike to site, cross Indian Valley dam to trailhead. Hike 2.5 miles to campsites. To boat to site, proceed northwest approximately 1 mile to site.
More to know before you go:
- Walker Ridge Road is a graded gravel road
- There are limited off-highway vehicle (OHV) opportunities, however Walker Ridge Road affords street licensed vehicles many scenic vistas and access to the Mendocino National Forest
- Best time to visit is September - May
Click here to view recreation regulations
For more information, contact:
Bureau of Land Management
Ukiah Field Office
2550 North State Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 468-4000
Click here to view or request recreation maps
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