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 13,415 acres located in Asotin County, 30 miles south of the town of Asotin. The eastern border is less than a mile from the Snake River and most of the unit is adjacent to either the Grande Ronde River or Joseph Creek. Elevations range from 825 feet along Joseph Creek up to 4,913 feet at Mt. Wilson, the highest point in the vicinity.

The first acquisition was in 1974 for enhancing bighorn sheep, mule deer, and upland game bird populations. Since then, bighorn sheep have been reintroduced, along with turkey and pheasant. Large populations of California quail exist, along with blue and ruffed grouse, Hungarian partridge, and chukar. Over 100 species of birds have been identified, including a remnant population of mountain quail. Horseback riders, hikers, and bird watchers commonly make use of trails.

Joseph Creek is the lowest tributary of the Grande Ronde River, and roughly 2.3 miles of Joseph Creek and 8 miles of the Grande Ronde run through or adjacent to the wildlife area. Both of these drainages provide habitat for Chinook salmon, summer steelhead and bull trout, although high temperatures affect water quality and may influence fish presence, particularly bull trout.

Viewing Opportunities


  • Birds of Prey
  • Eagles
  • Shorebirds
  • Songbirds
  • Upland Birds
  • Waterfowl
  • 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 accomodate 10 vehicles. No restrooms are available.
    Other Information
    The wildife 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.
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    Activities may include restrictions or require permits. Please see Public Conduct Rules for more information.