Access to the reserve is by permission only, this is primarily to protect the reserve itself and manage it’s use. The reserve is fully fenced and the gates are always locked. Please call (951) 827 6835, or email for directions and restrictions. To use the James Reserve for research or teaching you must submit a use application in advance, and there are fees associated with use.
Rules and Regulations
We welcome qualified users to the James Reserve. All use must be consistent with the mission of the University of California Natural Reserve System. Everyone is responsible for reading these rules to your students, and insuring their compliance. Failure to do so will result in suspension of your future use of the James Reserve. Use of the Reserve and facilities is a privilege. We expect the grounds and facilities to be left in better shape than when you arrived. No collecting or trapping is allowed without approval of the appropriate use application.
Pets are not permitted on the Reserve. Friends and family are not permitted at the Reserve unless they are directly involved with the proposed use that is approved in your application.
Your group is responsible for cleaning any of the buildings and/or grounds that you use. Please be mindful of the fact that there is no janitorial service and if the lodge or grounds are left in poor condition, you will be subject to pay a cleaning fee and will not be allowed to use the facilities in the future. If you have any questions about cleaning procedures or expectations please ask for help. Before leaving you must check out with a Reserve employee.
All groups are required to check out by noon, unless prior arrangements have been made with the Reserve Director.
The entire Reserve is off the grid, and is solar power based. Please conserve electricity and turn off all lights when not in use (esp. bathrooms).
Minimize use of water as we are on our own well and it requires electricity to pump the water.
Use of the following (and similar) appliances is forbidden due to power restrictions: coffeemakers, toasters, electric skillets, hairdryers, curling irons, etc.
You are responsible for taking all of your trash and excess supplies with you when you depart. You may not leave trash at Lake Fulmor.
Except when unloading, all vehicles are to be parked in the lower parking area. This is required by the local fire Marshall.
Both Reserve gates are to remain locked at all times. We have had serious vandalism problems in the past, so it is imperative that the gates remain locked.
Please leave the doors to the the buildings closed when not in use. We have inquisitive wildlife and need to keep them out of the building.
Open fires are limited to the barbecues. If you wish to have an open campfire, you must get permission from a staff member. The Reserve is surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine forests and we want to avoid unnecessary risks of devastating wildfires. Most wildfires in the San Bernardino National Forest are caused by human errors. Wildfire suppression is extremely expensive. Forest Use Restrictions are in place to protect the public and natural resources and the Reserve follows these regulations (https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sbnf/home/?cid=fsbdev7_007776). Do not bring firewood. Nonlocal firewood may be infested with Goldspotted Oak Borer which causes mortality to oak trees.
Smoking is not allowed in any buildings, on the trails, or anywhere on the Reserve.
Camping is not allowed except in the campground across the creek from the lower parking lot. Do not pitch tents in any of the meadows unless you have permission from the staff member.
If you use the museum study collections, please be very careful, many of the specimens are old and fragile. Specimens should be replaced in the same locations that they were found. Please make sure the specimen case doors are fully closed and latched when not in use.
Please do not touch the electronic equipment located outside on the Reserve. This equipment includes cameras, weather motes and stations, solar power arrays, antennas, etc., and is used for habitat sensing. To avoid damaging any of the equipment accidentally, please play Frisbee or ball only in the parking lot area.
Use of the James Reserve, like any wild and natural area, may involve some risks. The Regents of the University of California will not accept any liability for accidents which might occur on or near the University property. Your use of the James Reserve is done strictly at your own risk! You can avoid potential problems by being aware of the following possible risks.
Never hike alone, always work with at least one other person and make sure that your instructor knows where you are going and when to expect you back.
Rattlesnakes are common and rarely rattle so please be alert. They will bite you if you step on them. In case of rattlesnake bite remain calm, and find someone who can drive a vehicle. Do not attempt first aid such as snakebite kits, constriction tourniquets, or ice pack. The latest information we have claims that doing nothing other than getting to a hospital is the best treatment. Do not kill a snake even if it bites you. The hospital does not need the animal in order to administer anti-venom or other treatments
The nearest paramedic is 7 miles south on Highway 243 in Pine Cove. There is a telephone in the Trailfinder Lodge. The nearest pay telephone is 2 1/2 miles south from Lake Fulmor on Highway 243 at the Lawler Lodge County Park facility. Dial 911 for all emergency requests (medical, fire, criminal).
Mountain Lions are common in this mountain range. If you encounter a cat, and it is not acting aggressive, merely leave it alone. If it is acting aggressive, make sure you stand up straight, continue staring it in the eyes, and make lots of noise. Do not run or crouch. If injured by any wildlife, make sure that you can identify what it was and inform the appropriate medical personnel.
If you smell or see smoke while working outdoors, please return to the Reserve and report it to a Reserve staff member, or call 911 and report it to the authorities.
If you are in the field and hear the emergency siren, please return immediately to the Trailfinders Lodge for further instruction. If there is a need to evacuate, the parking lot is the designated gathering point.
Swimming in Lake Fulmor is done strictly at your own risk. There are no lifeguards, and there may be broken glass and fishing lines under water.
Do not handle rodents, they may carry bubonic plague. Exposure to rodent saliva, urine, blood or feces may lead to potential infection from Hanta virus. Ticks in this mountain range are known to carry Lyme disease.
If you would like to contact us using snail mail our address is:
PO Box 1775
Idyllwild, CA 92549