Butte Creek Ecological Preserve

Public Use of BCEP

Due to extensive damage from the Camp fire, the BCEP is closed indefinitely.

Nature Hikes and Observation

Hiking, flower and wildlife observing are compatible with the educational goal of the Preserve. All public access is walk-in only unless granted access otherwise. Please use common sense to prevent habitat damage.

Butte Creek Ecological Preserve Brochure and Guide (PDF)

Avoid Spreading Noxious Weeds

Invasion and dominance of ecosystems by non-native species is a major cause of loss of global biodiversity. The Preserve already has major weed problems.

Help prevent further problems by following common sense rules: Clean burs and mud from shoes and clothing before entering the reserve. Carry out seeds from any fruits you bring for lunch or snacks.

Leave No Trace

There are no trash cans at the Preserve so please help us protect the environment and natural habitat by taking out what you bring in. 

  • Entry is walk-in only without prior authorization
  • No fires, camping or parking after daylight hours 
  • No automobiles, ATVs, dirt bikes, bicycles, or horses
  • No collecting of plants, animals, rocks, fossils, or artifacts (including gold mining)
  • Alcohol use is not permitted on the BCEP 
  • The use of illicit drugs on the BCEP is prohibited 

Violations will be prosecuted under Title 14, Section 630 of the California Code of Regulations. 

Natural Hazards

Anyone planning to use the reserve should be aware of the natural hazards that exist in a natural environment: Due to the limited number and exits of roads, becoming trapped by a rapidly advancing wildfire is a serious possibility. Other natural hazards include high, cold winter and spring flows of Butte Creek, sheer cliffs and the falling rocks or landslides they generate. In hot weather, sun stroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration are significant hazards. Poison oak, wildlife (bear, mountain lion, rattlesnake), wasps, and lyme disease (tick transmitted) are among additional hazards. 

Warning: Cell phones will not work in most parts of the Preserve.