Columbia Basin
Wildlife Area Location

Chad Eidson
6653 Road K NE
Moses Lake, WA 98837
(509) 765-6641

Wildlife Areas
Columbia Basin Wildlife Area
Columbia Basin Wildlife AreaThe 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.

How to Get Here
For driving directions and more information on this Wildlife Area's units, please click on the links below:
  • Banks Lake
  • Billy Clapp Lake
  • Desert
  • Gloyd Seeps
  • Goose Lakes
  • Lower Crab Creek
  • Potholes Reservoir
  • Priest Rapids
  • Quincy Lakes
  • Seep Lakes
  • Sprague Lake
  • Sun Lakes
  • Winchester Reservoir
  • Wildlife Area Map
     Wildlife Area Map - Click to enlarge
    Quincy Lakes unit south gate remains closed to reduce vandalism
    Continuing gang-related vandalism is prompting early closure of an entrance gate to the Quincy Lakes unit of the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area in Grant County. See more information

    Public conduct rules for WDFW Lands restrict the discharge of firearms within 500 feet of the designated campgrounds for the Banks Lake Unit. See locations for all 21 WDFW designated campgrounds here.

    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