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Chelan
Wildlife Area Location

CONTACT INFORMATION
Ron Fox
Manager
3860 Chelan Hwy N
Wenatchee, WA 98801
509-665-3383
509-662-0452 FAX

 
For more information on
Wildlife Areas, please contact
the WDFW Wildlife Program.

Phone: 360-902-2515
E-mail: wildthing@dfw.wa.gov

 

Parking Information
A Discover Pass or
Vehicle Access Pass
is REQUIRED
on ALL WDFW Lands

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Wildlife Areas
 Index of Wildlife Areas and Units 

Chelan Wildlife Area
Swakane Unit
The Swakane unit covers 11,273 acres of land located north of Wenatchee. Small wetlands occurring in the Swakane Canyon bottom are associated with beaver activity and springs. Important mule deer wintering habitat occurs on the area. Upland game birds using the area include chukar, grey partridge, blue grouse, ruffed grouse and California quail. WDFW will be restoring 80 to 100 acres of abandoned fields to shrubsteppe habitat in the Swakane Canyon bottom.
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
    North from Wenatchee on Alternate Highway 97 about 4 miles past Rocky Reach Dam. Take Swakane Canyon Road west approximately 1/4 mile to the Unit boundary.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    No designated parking areas and no restrooms.
    Other Information
    Vehicular travel restricted to county road.
    Access Site #2
    Driving Directions
    From Highway 2 (97) in Wenatchee, North on Easy Street to W. Peters Street, east on W. Peters Street to Burch Mountain Rd. North on Burch Mountain Rd. approximately 2 miles.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    No designated parking areas and no restrooms.
    Other Information
    Vehicular travel restricted to county road.
    Unique Features
    The Swakane Unit varies greatly in elevation and topography and as a result harbors a great diversity of wildlife and plant species. This includes several threatened and endangered plants. Bighorn sheep are well established on the area.
     
    The Discover Pass - Your ticket to Washington's great outdoors
    A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass is required on all WDFW lands.
    Learn more at
    DiscoverPass.wa.gov
       OTHER INFORMATION
    Chelan Wildlife Area Management Plan
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
       MAPPING
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
       OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
    • Bird watching
    • Camping
    • Dog walking
    • Hiking
    • Horseback riding
    • Hunting
    • Mountain biking
    • Nordic skiing and snowshoeing
    • 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.