Access to Tehama Wildlife Area to be Limited Through Summer

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The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) must keep a portion of the Tehama Wildlife Area (TWA) closed this summer for public safety reasons. Normally the area is opened on the last Friday in March, but recent heavy rains have made the Antelope Creek crossing unsafe. This closure will last through the summer while construction work on a new bridge is completed on Ishi Road, the main access route for the wildlife area.

Funds provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will allow DFG to replace an existing steel mesh stream crossing on Antelope Creek with a 90-foot free span bridge. The existing crossing is a barrier to fish migration. The primary purpose of this project is to remove this barrier, improve the passage of Chinook salmon and steelhead trout into the upper Antelope Creek watershed and provide a safe and reliable stream crossing for the public.

Completion of the new bridge is expected by early September. Until then, the high volume of construction traffic that will be in this remote area necessitates the closure to provide the public with safe passage in and out of the area.

During construction, the portion of TWA south of Antelope Creek will be closed to the public. Starting May 2, there will be no vehicle access on Ishi Rd. and Hogsback Rd. Only construction personnel, people associated with the project, emergency vehicles, Pacific Gas & Electric employees conducting maintenance activities and those granted special permission by DFG will be allowed access beyond that point.

Gates located at Grecian Bend, off Hogsback Road, Cottonwood Jeep Trail, Pelegran Jeep Trail and Grapevine Jeep Trail will remain closed until construction of the bridge is complete. The McClure Trail will be closed at the TWA boundary. Notices will be posted at all public access points.

The TWA is owned and operated by DFG and is approximately 20 miles east of Red Bluff, in Tehama County. TWA encompasses some of the state’s most critical black-tailed deer winter range.