Chief Joseph
Wildlife Area Location

Bob Dice
1049 Port Way
Clarkston, WA 99403
(509) 758-3151

Wildlife Areas
Chief Joseph Wildlife Area
Shumaker Unit
The Shumaker unit is located in the southeast corner of Washington State along the Grande Ronde River. It was acquired with the use of mitigation funds in the early 1990’s from the dams on the Snake River creating slack water that flooded habitat. The rugged grassland canyons support populations of deer, elk, bighorn sheep, upland birds, and raptors. The Grand Ronde River is home to both steelhead and bull trout, both federally listed as threatened and managed as state species of concern. The area is popular with both anglers and hunters.
Viewing Opportunities


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

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

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From Asotin, travel south on Hwy 129 towards Anatone. Go past Anatone and turn left on Montgomery Ridge Road. Drive 1.5 miles east on Montgomery Ridge Road and turn right on Shumaker Grade Road. Travel south on Shumaker Grade all the way to the bottom. This is a narrow dirt road. At the bottom, take the first road to the left and travel along the river for approximately 4 miles to a gravel parking lot which is the entrance to the wildlife area.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    There is one parking area on the wildlife area that can accommodate 10 vehicles. No restrooms are available.
    Other Information
    The wildlife area is open year-round. However, travel on Shumaker Grade can be treacherous in winter due to snow and ice. Use caution and discretion during winter time.
    Unique Features
    Many white-tailed deer and some elk winter on the Shumaker unit. Steelhead fishing in the Grande Ronde is a heavy attraction for this wildlife area.
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
    Green Dot Maps
    No activities currently listed for this Unit.

    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.