|The Columbia Basin Wildlife Area includes about 192,000 acres across many different units within the “Big Bend” of the Columbia River in Grant and Adams counties. Although managed by WDFW, most of these lands are owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) or other federal and state agencies. Many were acquired as mitigation for habitat inundation from Columbia River dams.
These units provide habitat for numerous wetland dependent wildlife species, such as migrating waterfowl and shorebirds, as well as upland game birds. Columbia spotted frogs, sagebrush lizards, Columbia River tiger beetles, burrowing owls, golden eagles, loggerhead shrikes, sage sparrows, sage thrashers, western grebes, black-tailed jack rabbits, striped whipsnakes, and Washington ground squirrels can be found on most of the units.