Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

Wildlife areas in okanogan country

Sinlahekin wildlife area

Popular Wildlife Units within the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area


Driving Directions: From Tonasket west on 4th Ave across Okanogan River to the Hwy 7 Junction. Turn right (north) on Hwy 7 and proceed north to the Loomis Hwy Junction continuing on (west) to Loomis. Drive through Loomis and proceed straight (west) into a sweeping left turn onto Broadway Street which turns into Sinlahekin Road. Proceed south on Sinlahekin Road about 3 miles where the road enters SWA.

Carter Mountain

Driving Directions: From Tonasket via North Pine Creek Rd – From Tonasket, west on 4th Ave across Okanogan River to the Hwy 7 Junction. Turn left (south) on Hwy 7 and proceed 1 mile to North Pine Creek Road. Turn right (west) and drive 5 ½ miles to parking area on left side of road. Look for reader board adjacent to parking area.


Driving Directions: Headed north from Brewster on Old Highway 97 about 2 miles southwest of Malott, turn left (west) onto Chiliwist Road. Proceed uphill about 1 mile to the Chiliwist Wildlife Area. Headed south from Malott on Old Highway 97 about 2 miles soutwest of Malott, turn right (west) onto Chiliwist Road. Proceed uphill about 1 mile to the Chiliwist Wildlife Area.


Popular Wildlife Units within Scotch-Creek Wildlife Area


Driving Directions: From Tonasket, take the Loomis highway northwest to the small town of Loomis. Stay right as the road will turn north and continue past Palmer Lake. 1 mile past Palmer Lake, turn left on Chopaka road and continue 3 miles to the north. The main access parking is on your right next to the Oxbow pond.


Driving Directions: From Omak or Okanogan, follow the Conconully Highway to the northwest toward the town of Conconully. At the junction with the Happy Hill road (approximately m.p. 14) turn right into the parking area next to the fire hall and corrals.

Ellemeham Mountain

Driving Directions: From the center of Oroville: Turn west on old Highway 7. Cross the river and head south for approximately 1 mile. Turn right on Ellemeham Road for .5 mi and turn right on Ellemeham Mountain Road. Follow this out of the orchard country where it will turn to a dirt surface and continue for approximately 6 miles. The first of two WDFW parking lots will be on your right. The trailhead at this location will take you over the ridge and all the way to the Similkameen River.Continue on Ellemeham Mountain Road another 2 miles to the second parking area. This location will access the western portion of the area.

Methow Wildlife Area

Popular Wildlife Units within the Methow Wildlife Area

Big Buck

Driving Directions: Twisp River Road, right on Elbow Coulee Road. Walk in access from Elbow Coulee Road for approximately the next 3 miles.

Big Valley

Driving Directions: Highway 20 north of Winthrop. Left on Dripping Springs Road. Follow to the left and park at trailhead.

Golden Doe

Driving Directions: Follow Old Twisp-Carlton Hwy south of Twisp approximately 5 miles. Small road on right crosses over Alder Creek.


Driving Directions: From Winthrop, take East Chewuch Road 2 miles; turn right on Bear Creek Loop Road- Pearrygin Lake State Park turnoff. Follow 3.5 miles to WDFW Methow Wildlife Area Headquarters.


Driving Directions: From Winthrop, follow `the West Chewuch Road 1.5 miles. Turn left on Rendezvous Road. Left on Gunn Ranch Road.