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The Swofford Pond unit covers 300 acres south of Riffe Lake and southeast of Mossyrock. It is managed for elk, black-tailed deer, waterfowl, and riparian forest habitat. This unit has several large fields, a pond and several riparian forest corridors. The fields are hayed by contractors and maintained as forage fields. The southern end borders industrial timberlands located on a steep slope.
Birds of Prey
How to Get Here
Map and Driving Directions
Access Site #1
Driving Directions From I-5: Head east on US-12 (20.2 mi), Turn right at Mossyrock / Williams St (0.4 mi), Turn left at E State St (0.5 mi), Continue on Mossyrock Rd E (2.2 mi), Slight right at Swofford Rd (0.3 mi), Slight left to stay on Swofford Rd (1.4 mi), Turn left at Green Mountain Rd (0.4 mi), Turn right to stay on Green Mountain Rd (0.1 mi)
Parking/Restroom Information Limited parking Portable restroom near boat ramp
Other Information No camping, stays limited to 8 hours.
An in / out trail runs along the south shore of the lake and is accessed near the boat launch. This trail can be wet at times so appropriate clothing is advised. Elk are prevalent on this unit and the lakes provides for some of the largest waterfowl populations on the wildlife area. This is a popular fishing site with abundant populations of warmwater species and trout. A boat launch can be accessed on the east end of the lake and take note -- internal combustion engines are prohibited.