Chelan
Wildlife Area Location

CONTACT INFORMATION
Ron Fox
Manager
3860 Highway 97 A
Wenatchee, WA 98801
509-665-3383
509-662-0490 FAX

 
Wildlife Areas
Chelan Wildlife Area
Chelan Butte Unit
The Chelan Butte Unit includes 9,097 acres of land located between Lake Chelan and the Columbia River. Bighorn sheep released in 2004 are now well established in the area provide a world class hunting opportunity. Upland game birds using the area include chukar, gray partridge, blue grouse and California quail. Pheasant releases are made each fall to provide additional hunting opportunity. Many miles of roads are closed to motorized vehicles and offer good hiking and mountain biking, skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. WDFW completed a project to restore about 100 acres of abandoned agricultural fields to shrubsteppe habitat on Chelan Butte and is in the process of restoring an additional 1,000 acres by 2021.
Viewing Opportunities

Birds

  • Birds of Prey
  • Eagles
  • Songbirds
  • Upland Birds
  • Mammals

  • Bear
  • Bighorn sheep
  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From Highway 97 A in Chelan, turn south on Millard Street/Chelan Butte Road for 2 miles to the wildlife area.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking is available at pulloffs along Chelan Butte Road. There are no restrooms.
    Other Information
    Late winter/early spring activities in deer winter ranges are discouraged due to their impact on wintering deer.
    Access Site #2
    Driving Directions
    From Chelan, travel south on Highway 97 A for 7 miles and then east on Downie Canyon Road for 1.1 miles to the wildlife area.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking is available at pulloffs along Downie Canyon Road. No restrooms are available.
    Other Information
    Informational Kiosk is at the top of Downie Canyon. Late winter/early spring activities in deer winter ranges are discouraged due to their impact on wintering deer.
    Unique Features
    The area lies between the Columbia River and Lake Chelan and provides great views. One of the most popular hang gliding and parasailing sites in the world is located on Chelan Butte. The Lucas Homestead, located in Brick House Canyon, is on the National Register of Historical Places.
     
       OTHER INFORMATION
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
       MAPPING
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
    Green Dot Maps
       OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
    • Bird watching
    • Camping
    • Dog walking
    • Hiking
    • Horseback riding
    • Hunting
    • Mountain biking
    • Nordic skiing and snowshoeing
    • Trapping
    • Wildlife viewing
     

    If you are Hunting or Fishing, remember to check all current regulations.

    Activities may include restrictions or require permits. Please see Public Conduct Rules for more information.