Butte Creek Ecological Preserve


The CSU, Chico Ecological Reserve System consists of the Butte Creek Ecological Preserve (BCEP) and the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER).

Visit Butte Creek Watershed Conservancy(opens in new window) to find the following:

  • Butte Creek Existing Conditions Report
  • Butte Creek Watershed Management Strategy
  • FloodPlain Management Plan

Friends of Butte Creek(opens in new window) has lots of information on salmon and the watershed.

The similarly named Butte Creek Canyon Ecological Reserve is just downstream from the BCEP and is managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife(opens in new window).

Research theses and projects at BCEP may be found by searching the CSU, Chico CDR(opens in new window) (Chico Digital Repository).

Butte Creek absorbs the high flows of neighboring Little Chico Creek. Read the 2002 Little Chico Creek Existing Conditions Report (PDF)