Last updated: February 9, 2010
Dorris Reservoir provides a number of recreational activities including, fishing, birdwatching and boating.
In an effort to resolve conflicts between recreational users and wildlife - particularly brooding ducks and geese - and to ensure that permitted activities are compatible with the purpose of the Refuge, we ask visitors to the Reservoir for their cooperation in obeying the following:
The Reservoir is closed to all public use during waterfowl hunting season, from October 1st through January 31st, to provide an additional sanctuary for wildlife.
Walk-in access is allowed beginning on February 1st.
Shoreline areas, islands, and peninsulas with nesting waterfowl are signed and closed to public access during waterfowl nesting season, March 1 through May 31.
Licensed motorized vehicles are permitted on designated roads between April 1 and September 30. To protect wildlife habitat and plant and animal life, and to reduce soil erosion, off-road vehicle travel is not allowed.
Fishing is permitted at the Reservoir during the regular California State season with all State fishing regulations applicable.
Boating is open April 1 through September 30. There are two boat launches and two other vehicle access points to the Reservoir. No-wake zones in coves are designated with buoys to protect goose broods and other wildlife.
Bicycles and mountain bikes are allowed April 1 through September 30 on roads designated for motor vehicles. No bike trails are available.
Horseback riding is allowed April 1 through September 30 on roads and the designated trail across the dam. This trail, between the north and south gates, provides safe passage for riders and their horses off of Parker Creek Road.
Swimming is available in areas open to public access April 1 through September 30.
Water-skiing is no longer allowed.
Personal watercraft (jet skis, wave runners, sea-doos etc.) are prohibited.
Please park in designated parking areas and walk to the water's edge.
Most of the lakeshore is privately owned. Please respect the private landowner's rights and obtain permission to use their property.
For the benefit of wildlife and other Refuge users, pets must be leashed at all times.
Please respect others by maintaining the pack-in, pack-out policy for your trash. Littering is prohibited.
Come and Visit
You can reach the Reservoir by taking Highway 395 south into Alturas. Turn east at the County Museum onto County Road 56. Continue about 6 miles until you reach the Reservoir.