|The LeClerc Creek Wildlife Area is 614 acres in one unit, located in Pend Oreille County along the east side of the Pend Oreille River, about 25 miles northwest of the town of Newport. The elevation in the vicinity varies from 2,000 feet along the Pend Oreille River to more than 3,500 feet on the ridges. The area was acquired in 1972 with federal Pittman-Robertson and State Wildlife funds to enhance habitat for big game.
Vegetation in the area is typical of mixed coniferous forest habitat. Forage re-growth following fires in 1929 resulted in a flourishing deer population during the 1930’s and 1940’s. A diversity of wildlife can be found at LeClerc Creek today, including sensitive, endangered or threatened species, from bald eagles and osprey to grizzly and black bears. In 1970, 26 elk were transplanted from Yakima to the West Branch of LeClerc Creek, with an additional release from the Hanford area in 2000.