The White River unit includes several small parcels, which total 415 acres west of Lake Wenatchee. It includes a wetland system promoted by a high water table. Its climate differs drastically from the rest of the Chelan Wildlife Area. About 40 inches of annual precipitation and an average of three to six feet of snow result in vegetative types more typical of what is found west of the Cascade Mountains. The unit borders the White River, which harbors several species of anadromous fish including threatened and endangered species. Protection of riparian and wetland habitat for the benefit of the fisheries resource is a priority of this unit. Mule deer, bear, cougar, blue grouse, ruffed grouse and a great variety of other species can be found on the area.
Birds of Prey
How to Get Here
Map and Driving Directions
Access Site #1
Driving Directions Travel west from Leavenworth on Highway 2 about 13 miles to Coles Corner, then right on Highway 207 for 4.4 miles and turn left on Lake Wenatchee Highway for 6.1 miles to the junction of White River Road and Little Wenatchee Road. The Unit is made up of several parcels along White River Road and Little Wenatchee Road (see map).
Parking/Restroom Information Informal parking is available at pullouts along White River and Little Wenatchee Roads. No restrooms are available.
The White River Unit is in a vegetative transition zone between wetter western Washington forests and the drier pine and fir habitat types of the eastern Cascades. This results in very diverse and unique vegetation and great wildlife diversity.
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov