Wildlife Area Location

Mark Grabski
P.O. Box 758
Morton, WA 98356
(360) 496-6223

Wildlife Areas
Cowlitz Wildlife Area
Mayfield Buffer Unit
As mitigation for the Cowlitz River hydroelectric projects, Tacoma Public Utilities has purchased a 60 to 300 foot buffer along the entire shoreline of Mayfield Reservoir. The upland is mainly residential development with access to the buffer primarily by water. The reservoir is well known for its water sports and tiger miskie and rainbow trout fishery.
Viewing Opportunities


  • Birds of Prey
  • Eagles
  • Shorebirds
  • Songbirds
  • Wading Birds
  • Waterfowl
  • Mammals

  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From I-5: Head east on Highway 12 (16.9 mi), Take sharp left onto Beach Rd (0.30 mi).
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking & Restrooms
    Other Information
    Day Use -- park and boat ramp Camping
    Unique Features
    Birdwatching Fishing Waterfowl hunting Waterskiing
    Other Information
    The buffer areas are almost exclusively accessed by boat. There are some areas where the lands can be access from shore but parking would be very limited.
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
    • Bird watching
    • Fishing
    • Wildlife viewing

    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.