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.
Birds of Prey
How to Get Here
Map and Driving Directions
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.
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.
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov