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Dolores Noyes
360-902-2349
FAX: 360-902-2392
Dolores.Noyes@dfw.wa.gov

 

 

Hunting/Wildlife Viewing Blinds
Duck and Goose Blinds

People with WDFW Disabled Hunter Permits receive preference in using these sites:

A non-disabled person should yield the hunting/wildlife viewing blind to a hunter with a disability if the blind was reserved in advance. They should also yield or be willing to share it if a hunter with a disability is there at least 1 ½ hours prior to daylight.

Anyone with a Washington State disabled license plate has preference over non-disabled people, but not over Disabled Hunter Permit holders.

Access for hunting has preference over wildlife viewing during the waterfowl hunting seasons.

Blinds that are not reserved in advance with a land manager should be occupied at least 1 ½ hours prior to daylight.

Most of the duck and goose blinds are custom-made of fiberglass. They are about 5 feet deep and 7 feet wide, with a lower front made to shoot over when seated, and a roof over the back half that protects the user from foul weather. Some blinds or goose pits are made of wood and were built on-site. All blinds are located on a compacted gravel path or have a vehicle drop-off area nearby, and all are designed to be wheelchair accessible. Conditions and maintenance in the outdoor environment change from year-to-year, so be prepared for a challenge.

Blinds will comfortably accommodate one shooter in a wheelchair and two other people, a dog, and hunting gear; or, two wheelchairs and one person with gear and dogs. The wooden ground-level goose pits have ramps down into them. Most blinds are installed permanently on the site, but some are moved in and out each year due to flooding.

Report any major damage or vandalism of the blinds to the WDFW. Always check the hunting regulations and rules for the area you are hunting; federal area rules may differ.

Eastern Washington (Region One)

McNary National Wildlife Refuge

Most blinds in the refuge are walk-in only, however, the accessible blinds can be approached by vehicle for easy unloading. The blinds are primarily for ducks, but may also offer some pass shooting for geese, which are plentiful in the area.

Two blinds, inside the boundaries of the refuge, are managed by the refuge through a new advance mail-in application reservation process. For more information or to request a McNary hunt application, contact: Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex, P.O. Box 700, Umatilla, Oregon 97882, phone (541) 922-3232. The McNary Refuge Number is: (509) 547-4942

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:
  • Follow SR-12 east from Pasco for about 6 miles until you cross the Snake River bridge.
  • Go past SR-124 (turn off to Walla Walla - Waitsburg), turn left on Maple Street and follow it to the Refuge Office.

Peninsula Habitat Management Unit

This blind is managed by the McNary Refuge and is located in the Peninsula Habitat Management Unit, on a back-water bay of the Columbia River. It has a gravel drop-off area within 25 feet of the blind. An old service road into the blind is closed off with a locked gate. Decoys can be put out while wearing chest waders. A duck boat can be put in the water nearby, or a dog can help with retrieval. Disabled Hunters should occupy the blind at least 2 ½ hours before daylight because of the competition for blinds in this area. For more information, call the McNary Refuge in advance at (509) 547-4942.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:
  • Follow SR-12 from Pasco until you cross the Snake River bridge, then take the first right turn on Hansen Loop Road. Follow this main road around a sharp left corner and drive for about 3 miles, passing through a little community and residential housing area, until you see the Peninsula Habitat Management Unit sign and registration booth on the right.
  • Turn right on a primitive road and go down-hill across the railroad tracks to an old paved road.
  • Turn left and follow the road to a locked gate.
  • Go past the upland goose pits to where the paved road ends in the water.
  • Stay right on the gravel road and go about one-third mile to the blind on the left. A four-wheel drive vehicle is not generally needed to get to the blind.

North Central Washington (Region Two)

Rocky Ford Creek

The duck blind is behind a locked gate on Rocky Ford Creek by an irrigation dam. The pond created by the dam provides a nice open-water area for ducks. It remains open a little longer in the winter because it has more flow than other areas. There is a gravel drop-off area beside the blind. Decoys can be put out while wearing chest waders, however, a small boat could be used if needed.

The .5 mile primitive road from the locked gate to the blind is dirt, rock, and some gravel and should be useable by most vans and two-wheel drive trucks. A parking area by the gate is used mostly by walk-in hunters and fishers. A wheelchair accessible concrete vault toilet and an accessible blacktop parking space are available. The blind is open to any hunter unless reserved by disabled hunters. The WDFW Region 2 Office in Ephrata has the key for the gate. Disabled hunters should call the Office in advance at (509) 754-4624 for more information.

Buckshot Peninsula

This goose pit is in an agricultural field near the Columbia River on the Priest Rapids/Buckshot Wildlife Area about 1 mile south of Mattawa. There is a wheelchair ramp down into the ground-level wooden pit blind as well as windows. The blind is camouflaged with natural materials from the area and is hard to see until you get close (or know where it is). Follow the driving directions carefully.

The blind was placed in a field used by geese to feed as they fly off the river. Hunters can drive right up beside the blind to unload, if the weather and grounds conditions are good. There is a direct route from the edge of the road across the field to the blind. Other hunters hunt this field near the edge by the river. The blind is open to all hunters unless reserved by disabled hunters. The WDFW Region 2 Office in Ephrata has the key for the gate. Disabled hunters should call the Office in advance at (509) 754-4624 for more information.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

  • Driving south on SR-243 along the Columbia River from Vantage toward Mattawa, turn right (west) onto Road 26 SW and go about 1 mile to the Priest Rapids/Buckshot Wildlife Area.
  • Follow the gravel road into a parking area and turn right between two fence posts onto a primitive road.
  • About 1/4 mile in you will come to a locked gate. Go through the gate and brushy area to a planted agriculture field.
  • Follow the road tracks to the left towards an old pump-house structure. With the pump house on the left side of your vehicle, and while looking west, go about 3 sprinkler line ditches towards the top of the knoll to the blind (about 150 yards). The pit blind is at ground level in the agricultural field. If weather and ground conditions allow it, you can drive cross the field to the blind to unload.

South Central Washington (Region Three)

Sunnyside Area

This blind is located on Giffin Lake in the Sunnyside Wildlife Area with a drop-off area next to it and a 100-foot gravel pathway. The water in front remains open longer during cold weather providing great opportunity for waterfowl when other ponds freeze. Use waders while putting out decoys or launch a small boat at the other end of the lake. The blind offers duck, goose, quail and pheasant hunting. This is first-come first-served, with disabled hunters having priority if the blind is occupied 2 hours prior to daylight.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

Driving east on I-82 (12) from Yakima toward Pasco, take the Port of Sunnyside exit to the right and go south on Midvale Road. Stay on the Midvale Road about 4 miles to the Holiday road and turn right. Follow this road into the Sunnyside Wildlife Area and go straight past the equipment shed on the left to the Office on the right. The blind is through a gate to the left about .5 miles down a primitive road on the left next to Giffin Lake.

North Puget Sound (Region Four)

Cherry Valley Area

This blind is located between Duvall and Monroe in the Snoqualmie Wildlife Area and is an area that floods. Call the Area Manager at (425) 327-4869 to check conditions for the blind. The blind can be accessed by driving into the parking lot for the pheasant release site. Decoys can usually be put out while wearing hip-boots or chest-waders. Some parts of this flooded area are deep, so a dog is helpful for retrieving. Boats are not used. The surrounding area is a pheasant release site and there usually isn't water in front of the blind until mid to late November (depending on the rainfall). This is first-come first-served with disabled hunters having "priority" if the blind is occupied 2 hours prior to daylight.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

Going south on SR-203 from Monroe, drive about 1 mile south of the Snohomish/King County line and watch for the wildlife area on your left. Turn into the parking area and go through the gate. Follow the primitive service road (closed to unauthorized vehicles) out of the parking lot about 200 yards to a left turn, then go about 100 yards to the drop-off area next to the blind on the right.

Lake Terrell Wildlife Area

This blind is located on Lake Terrell inside the wildlife area. It is a permanent custom-designed wood structure built by the Whatcom County Chapter of the Washington Waterfowl Association. It is located on the edge of the water. There is a parking area next to a 150' gravel path which leads to the blind. To reach the blind, follow the service road behind a locked gate from the boat launch area. The blind is about .5 miles north of the launch. The lake has many boat-in only blinds around the edges. This is one of the few blinds that can be accessed without a boat. The plan is to have other agricultural field blind opportunities in the future. Call the Wildlife Area Manager in advance at (360) 384-4723 to reserve the blind and to make arrangements to obtain the key.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

Driving north on I-5 from Bellingham, take exit 262 (Ferndale) heading west. Follow the main road through town heading west on Mountain View road about 4 miles to Lake Terrell Road. Turn right and follow the road into the wildlife area near the boat launch. Go through the gate and follow this road about � mile to the designated parking area on the right. There is a 150' compacted gravel trail to the blind.

Southwest Washington (Region Five)

Vancouver Lake-Shillapoo Area

Two blinds are located around the Shillapoo Wildlife Area. All goose hunters in this county must be certified by WDFW to hunt geese. Call Olympia or the WDFW Region 5 Office for information about goose testing. The one in the south unit is for geese; both are removed and replaced each season because of flooding in the area. These areas are also pheasant release sites. The blinds are installed around early December until the end of the waterfowl season. Register with the Wildlife Area Manager in the Vancouver Region 5 Office to obtain an access permit and a key for the gates. For more information about these sites, please call the Shillapoo Wildlife Area Manager in advance in Vancouver at (360) 696-6211.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

From I-5 north of Vancouver, take the Fourth Plain Boulevard exit and head west to Fruit Valley Road.Turn right and go to Laframbois Road.Turn left. Follow the road to the Wildlife Area parking lot. The blind is usually about ½ mile from the gate depending on the level of the lake.

The other blind is located in the south unit of the Shillapoo Wildlife Area.

Follow Fourth Plain west until it turns into SR-501.At the fork in the road, go straight past the Vancouver Park entrance about two miles, watching for a gate on the left side of the road. Open the gate and go down a steep hill about 70 yards to the blind.

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

This blind is managed by and located in the refuge area. All goose hunters in this county must be certified by WDFW to hunt geese. Call Olympia or the WDFW Region 5 Office for information about goose testing. Call the Ridgefield Office in advance at (360) 887-4106 for more information about their hunting opportunities and reservation system.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

Traveling on I-5 north of the Vancouver area, take the Ridgefield exit and go west toward the town of Ridgefield. The Office is in town, not on the refuge which is a few miles from the Office.

Coastal Washington (Region Six)

Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Goose Blind

Located on refuge land in the Riekkola Unit, the blind is managed by the Willapa Refuge. Call the refuge office in advance at (360) 484-3482 for more information about their hunting rules, opportunities and reservation system. This area is for goose hunting only. All goose hunters in this county must be certified by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to hunt geese. Call Olympia or the Region 6 office for information about goose classes.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

Follow SR-101 south from Raymond and South Bend about 35 miles toward the refuge area. The office is located along SR-101 about 7 miles west of the SR-4 and SR-101 intersection. The hunting areas are in different locations away from the office.

Chehalis Wildlife Area

This blind is located in the Chehalis Wildlife Area south of Highway 12 and west of Elma. The blind is at the end of a 300' sidewalk through a wetland on the main slough. Accessible hard surface parking is available. Decoys can be put out using chest waders or a small boat. Boats can be hand launched in the parking lot under a gate when the ponds and the slough's water level is high enough. During the heavy rains and when the Satsop River is under flood alert, this blind may be under water.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

Head west on SR-8, SR-12 from Olympia towards Aberdeen and Montesano. A few miles west of Elma watch for a left turn lane and road named "Schoulwider". Turn left across the roadway and follow around a hard right corner at the end of the road. Go left 1000 yards to the end of the road into the parking lot. It looks like you are driving into a gravel rock pit, but the road is open to the public. Follow the sidewalk from the parking area to the blind.

Caution: The gravel pit behind the blind about 75 yards to the north is deep. The water appears to be shallow but the edge drops off quickly. Do not walk into this pond. Use a boat or dog to retrieve birds. If the water is below the front of the blind it should be shallow enough to use chest waders.

John's River Blind

This is a new blind located on the John's River Wildlife Area. The blind is 5/8 of a mile from the parking area on top of the dike. Parking is asphalt and the trail is level 12' wide all the way out to the blind. The blind also works well for wildlife viewing and a great photo opportunity to capture a picture of elk. This blind is first-come first-served. Disabled hunters have priority over all other users.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

Follow SR 105 west from Aberdeen towards Westport. At Markham just after crossing the John's River bridge, take the first left turn. Follow the road to the next intersection. Stay to the left to the end of the road. Turn right into the parking lot.

 

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This Agency receives federal assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and provides equal access to its programs, services, activities, and facilities under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Architectural Barriers Act of 1968.

The Department of the Interior and its bureaus prohibits discrimination on the bases of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, mental or physical disability, reprisal, sexual orientation, status as a parent, and genetic information. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or service, please contact the WDFW ADA Program Manager, PO Box 43139, Olympia, WA 98504 within 45 calendar days of the alleged incident before filing a formal complaint, or write to:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Civil Rights Coordinator, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: WSFR-4020, Arlington, VA 22203

If you need further ADA assistance, please contact the Olympia office of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at: (360) 902-2349, or Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), (360) 902-2207 for more information.