Recreational Target Shooting

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By far, one of the most frequently asked questions is “where can I go to target shoot in southern California?” The answers are constantly changing: an area that was open yesterday may be closed today, and vice-versa. Listed below is a general guide to open shooting areas on public lands, but ALWAYS call ahead to see if shooting is currently permitted.

By far, one of the most frequently asked questions is “where can I go to target shoot in southern California?” The answers are constantly changing: an area that was open yesterday may be closed today, and vice-versa. Listed below is a general guide to open shooting areas on public lands, but ALWAYS call ahead to see if shooting is currently permitted.

Angeles National Forest

Two concessionaire-operated shooting areas are located within the Angeles National Forest. These are fee areas under Special Use Permit with the Forest Service, and are the only designated shooting areas within the Angeles National Forest.

A Place to Shoot is located 11 miles north of Saugus, CA, 8 miles north off of Copper Hill Rd., at 33951 San Francisquito Canyon Road. “A Place to Shoot” offers several ranges – from pistol to high-power rifle. This shooting area is operated by concessionaire, and eye and ear protection is required for all entering the Range. Open Thursday through Monday. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Call (661) 296-5552 for hours of operation and fee information. See their web site at

Burro Canyon Shooting Park is located one mile east of the junction of Highway 39 and the East Fork Road, north of the city of Azusa, CA and Interstate 210. Open Thursday through Monday. No alcoholic beverages, tracer or steel core ammunition is allowed. Call (626) 910-1344 for hours of operation and fee information.

Cleveland National Forest

The Cleveland National Forest also has two designated shooting areas:

Orosco Shooting Area The Palomar Ranger District of the Cleveland National Forest is maintaining the closure of the Orosco Ridge Recreational Target Shooting Area for an indefinite amount of time due to public safety concerns. Discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun in the Orosco Ridge Target Shooting area for any purpose is prohibited during this temporary closure. However, public access and general recreational uses are allowed.
Palomar Divide Road Open Area  Portions of the Palomar Divide road remain open to recreational shooting. From the beginning of the forest boundary on Palomar Divide Road (9S07) which is located near mile marker 42 on Highway 79 up to the junction of Oak Grove Road (9S09) and Palomar Divide Road (9S07) (in Section 25, Township 9 South, Range 1 East near high point lookout) remains open to recreational shooting. The Forest will continue to monitor the use in this area. [NOTE This area is temporarily closed as of May 2004. The USFS has proposed a permanent shooting closure for this area] Palomar Ranger District, 1634 Black Canyon Road, Ramona, CA 92065 – (760) 788-0250 for the current combination and additional information on recreational shooting locations on the District.

San Bernardino National Forest

The San Bernardino National Forest developed a Forest-wide shooting plan in 1999 that allows people to enjoy recreational shooting. In the San Bernardino National Forest people can only shoot in designated and signed areas and only at certain times, due to fire danger rating. Contact your local Ranger Station to confirm the status of a shooting area. Target Shooting areas are often closed due to fire restrictions, road conditions, and/or other safety issues. Adventure Passes may be required. If an area is open, then the activity level will dictate terms and conditions in which shooting can occur such as the length of day or hours of operation. Activity Levels can be obtained by calling your local ranger station or through the automatic system (909) 382-2600 (select option 8, then option 5, then option 2).

Designated, signed areas are listed below:

Forest Road 1N09 East of Highway 330
The Forest Road that leads to this remote fourteen site target shooting area is approximately one half mile from the City Creek Ranger Station on Highway 330. An Adventure Pass is required for all shooting areas on the forest. Because of the risks of starting a fire, only lead-core bullets are permitted. Steel core, armor piercing, or Teflon ammunition is not allowed. Shooters should call the Mill Creek Ranger Station (909-382-2882) for information on the fire activity level for the 1N09 area on the day they plan to target practice. If the Activity Level is at a 1 or 2, shooting is allowed all day. If the Activity Level is 3, shooting is allowed until 1:00 p.m. If the Activity Level is at 4 or 5, no shooting is allowed. Remember to help keep your National Forest clean by removing any target shooting related debris or trash.

Forest Road 3N14 “Big Pines Flats” North of Highway 38
Forest Road 2N02 East of Baldwin Lake Road
Forest Road 5S07 North of Highway 74
Forest Road 2N93 Lighting Gulch, just north of Hwy 38
Lytle Creek Firing Line (909-782-7438) is a developed shooting site offering year-round target shooting for visitors. This site is often closed, always call ahead.

State and Federal Park system

Generally, there is no recreational shooting (or even possession of firearms) allowed in the California State park system. There’s a surprise, eh? The federal parks (including National Parks, National Landmarks and National Monuments) also prohibit all recreational shooting of any kind. The Mojave National Preserve, operated by the National Park Service, allows upland bird hunting (in season – Call for details).

Bureau of Land Management Public Lands

Bureau of Land Management California policy is to allow the use of firearms on public lands, as provided for in state law, and to cooperate with state authorities in the enforcement of firearms regulations. You must provide your own targets and remove your debris when you leave your site. It is illegal to deface or destroy trees, signs, outbuildings, or other objects on federal lands that are for the public’s enjoyment. CFR 8365.1-5 (a) (1) & (2). Please use paper targets only. Shooting glass objects is prohibited. When you are finished target shooting, please remove all your targets, gun shells, clay pigeons, and any and all items used for your target shooting.

Persons have the permission of the Bureau of Land Management to possess and use firearms, including lawfully registered assault weapons, on BLM-administered public lands, except when prohibited by other applicable laws and regulations. Proper Access to public lands must be through public roads. Safe and prudent actions should be followed at all times, (for example shooting with a berm). As you know, the BLM is a multi-use agency, so please be aware of the other public land visitors who may be utilizing the same areas for other recreational uses, i.e., camping, hiking, biking, and rock-hounding. If you have specific questions on areas that may be appropriate for hunting or shooting, you are encouraged to contact the BLM Field Office having jurisdiction over the area.

Public and Private Gun Clubs and RangesMany clubs and ranges are open to the public at reasonable rates. Always call ahead: some ranges may be pistol only, others pistol and rifle, some offer trap and skeet. Many have rental guns available.

A Place To Shoot Saugus

Agoura Hills Target Range Agoura Hills, American Shooting Center, Inc. San Diego, Angeles Shooting Ranges Lake View Terrace,  Apple Valley Gun Club Victorville Arrowhead Fish & Game Club Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear Valley Sportsmans Club Big Bear Lake,  Big Horn Mountain Men, Inc. Rialto Brea Orange County Indoor Shooting Range Brea

Brea Rifle & Pistol Club Wrightwood

Bristow Marksmanship Range Los Angeles

Burbank Muzzleloaders Ojai Burbank Pistol Club Burbank Burbank Rifle & Revolver Club Castaic Burro Canyon Shooting Park Azusa Compton Hunting & Fishing Club Paramount Daves Gun & Archery San Bernardino Desert Marksmen Rifle & Pistol Lancaster Discount Gun Mart & Indoor Range San Diego Dry River Shooters Association, Inc.

Barstow Eubanks Redlands Trap & Skeet Redlands Evan’s Gunsmithing’s Shooters World, Inc. Orange Firing Line Indoor Shooting Northridge Firing Line Indoor Shooting Range Huntington Beach Firing Line Indoor Shooting Ranges Burbank Harbor Pistol Range San Pedro Hi Desert Rod & Gun Club, Inc Yucca Valley Inland Fish and Game Range Highland Insight Shooting Range Artesia International Shootists Institute Mission Hills Iron Sights Shooting Range Oceanside ISA Los Angeles La Puente Firing Range La Puente LAX Firing Range, Inc. Inglewood Magnolia Indoor Range Santee Magnum Range of Rancho Cucamonga Rancho Cucamonga Mike Raahauge Shooting Enterprises Norco Monterey Park Rod & Gun Monterey Park Moore-N-Moore Sporting Clays Newhall Oak Tree Gun Club Newhall Ojai Valley Gun Club Ojai Olympic Shooting Park Chino On Target Indoor Shooting Range Laguna Niguel Palmdale Fin & Feather Club Palmdale Palomar Sportsman`s Club Ramona Pasadena Jr. Rifle Club Arcadia Piru Rifle Range Piru Point Mugu Gun Club

Port Hueneme PROJECT 2000 SHOOTING RANGE El Cajon Redlands Trap & Skeet Range Redlands Riverside Magnum Range Riverside San Bernardino Sheriffs T/S Club Fontana San Diego Shotgun Sports Association San Diego San Gabriel Valley Gun Club Duarte Shooters Paradise of Oxnard, Inc. Oxnard Smokey Valley Muzzle Loaders Duarte South Bay Rod & Gun Club Chula Vista Southern California Sharpshooter Indoor Range Torrance Tehachapi Sportsmans Club Tehachapi The Los Angeles Silhouette Club Lake View Terrace Triple B Clays – Shotgun Sports Park South El Monte Ventura Shooting Range Ventura West End Gun Club Upland Whiteside Manufacturing, Inc. Lancaster Winchester Canyon Gun Club Santa Barbara