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Wiley Wells Training Area
(California-Arizona Maneuver Area/Desert Training Center)
On 11 September 1943, the War Department acquired 480.43 acres through permits from three private parties. On 13 December 1943, 26,403.81 acres were acquired by Use Permit from the Department of the Interior. An additional 1,120.00 acres were acquired by lease from the state of California (exact date unknown), bringing the total to 28,004.24 acres.

The U.S. Army used the property for training as part of the California-Arizona Maneuver Area. No permanent structures or facilities are known to have been constructed on the site for this purpose.
On 5 June 1944, leases for 1,120.00 acres with the State of California and permits for 320.43 acres with private parties were terminated. On June 15, 1944, a permit for 160.00 acres was terminated with a private party. On February 7, 1945, 26,403.81 acres were relinquished to the Department of the Interior, bringing the total disposition to 28,004.24 acres.
Currently the land is owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the State of California and several private parties. The BLM maintains two campgrounds. The State of California constructed Chuckawalla Valley State Prison in 1987. Of the 1735 acres associated with the prison, approximately 960 acres are part of the subject site.
Location: Wiley Wells Water Point is located in southeast Riverside County, California. It is approximately 12 miles west of Ripley, California, south of Interstate 10 and immediately north of the Imperial County line. The site includes parts of sections 1, 5, 9, 16, 17, 18, 22, 24, 27, 31, 36 and all of sections 33, 34 and 35 of T.7S., R.20E. and all of T.8S. R.20E.
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Updated 8 February 2016