Fire restrictions in place on WDFW lands
The arrival of hot, dry weather, combined with drought conditions, has prompted the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to restrict fires and other activities effective immediately on agency-managed lands in eastern Washington. Learn more >>
The Sondino Ponds unit is considered the most important western pond turtle habitat in Washington. WDFW bought the 219-acre area near Lyle to protect this species. The parcel historically was used for agriculture and contains seasonal and year-round wetlands. Access to the unit is restricted in order to maintain the turtle population and restore the native habitat.
How to Get Here
Map and Driving Directions
Access Site #1
Driving Directions From Lyle, the unit is located approximately 3 mi. west on Old Highway 8.
Parking/Restroom Information There is no parking or restroom facility.
Other Information Access is closed year-round, except by written authorization from WDFW.
Wildlife may be viewed from the county roads (Old Highway 8 and Balch Road). Group events or tours may occur with written permission from the Wildlife Area Manager for access to the property. Permission may be granted for educational activities, scientific data collection, or for volunteer work under guidance of WDFW for management of the site. Please contact the wildlife area headquarters at 509-773-4459 if you would like to schedule an activity on the Sondino Unit.
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov