The Chehalis unit is 531 acres located southwest of Elma. This unit is maintained for waterfowl habitat and associated recreation. Most of the land owned by WDFW is open wetland, riparian shrub habitat, or meadow/field habitat. Wildlife species known to exist in the area include the Olympic mudminnow, mink, shorebirds, wood duck, waterfowl, trumpeter swan, and osprey. Limited farming improves waterfowl forage and use of the area as does efforts to increase open water habitat.
Birds of Prey
How to Get Here
Map and Driving Directions
Access Site #1
Driving Directions From Montesano, drive East on Hwy 12 7.7 miles to Schoulweller road. From Elma, drive west on Hwy 12 2.1 miles to Schoulweller road. Drive south on Schoulweller road .4 miles to parking area.
Parking/Restroom Information Restrooms available Handicap parking available
State highway 12 borders the area on the north. To the west the area is bordered by Hansen Creek and to the south by Vance Creek. The area is approximately 527 acres in size. A rock quarry is located on the northeast border of the wildlife area and agricultural land surrounds much of the rest of the area. Most of the land owned by the Department is best characterized as open wetland, riparian shrub habitat, or meadow/field habitat. The habitats are interspersed and thus, allow for an abundance of species. Species known to exist in the area include the Olympic mud minnow, mink, shorebirds, wood duck, waterfowl, trumpeter swan, and osprey. Limited farming improves waterfowl forage and use of the area as does efforts to increase open water habitat.
Some trails also exist for hiking, but flooding, which is common in the area, may restrict access at times. Disabled acess trail to disabled hunting blind
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov