BLM temporarily restricts target shooting near New Hogan Lake for safety


Bureau of Land Management

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Photo of a lake nestled between foothills.

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. — The Bureau of Land Management Mother Lode Field Office is temporarily restricting target shooting on public land along Hogan Dam Road located south of the New Hogan Lake in Calaveras County. This two-week emergency closure is necessary to allow U.S. Army Corps of Engineers crews to safely survey the area and is in effect from Feb. 15 until March 1, 2021.

The BLM’s top priority is the safety of our visitors and staff. This temporary closure prohibits all forms of target shooting on a 90-acre parcel shown on this map [Emergency Closure – New Hogan Lake].

There are approximately 14 million acres of BLM-managed public lands available for hunting and recreational shooting in California. Outdoor enthusiasts are reminded to never shoot from or over any road or highway; always use a safe backdrop and do not attach targets to plants or place targets against rocks, plants or solid objects.  It is illegal to deface or destroy trees, signs, outbuildings or other objects on federal lands. Please follow the Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! principles. For more shooting tips, please visit

The public is also reminded that hot bullet fragments, exploding targets and metal from recreational shooting can spark a wildland fire. Individuals who spark wildfires, intentionally or unintentionally, can be held responsible for fire suppression and repair costs. For additional fire prevention tips, visit

The BLM encourages the public to recreate responsibly on public lands and to take precautions to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Stay local, plan ahead, practice safe social distancing and wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Find additional tips for recreating responsibly on public lands.

Anyone found guilty of violating this order may be fined not more than $100,000 and/or imprisonment for not more than 12 months. For specific questions, please contact the Mother Lode Field Office at 916-941-3101.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.