Wildlife Area Location

Brandon Troyer
350 Bear Creek Road
Winthrop, WA 98862
(509) 996-2559

Wildlife Areas
Methow Wildlife Area
Big Valley Unit
The Big Valley unit is 1,164 acres about five miles northwest of Winthrop between Highway 20 and the Methow River. The area is mostly flat with little elevation change. It was purchased primarily for endangered fisheries riparian habitat protection along the Methow River, but is also in the migratory path of deer moving north and south between winter ranges in the lower valley and summer ranges in the upper Methow Valley and Pasayten Wilderness. The riparian vegetation shades and cools the river for endangered salmon and steelhead, but it’s also beneficial for neo-tropical birds, mule and white-tailed deer, bears, cougars, bobcats, coyotes, mink, otter, and beaver. Several side channels in the riverine floodplain provide winter habitat for fish and important water storage for recharge of the Methow River. Farm fields along highway 20 are planted with alfalfa, cereal grains and native vegetation to increase food and cover for a number of species.
Viewing Opportunities


  • Birds of Prey
  • Eagles
  • Songbirds
  • Upland Birds
  • Waterfowl
  • Mammals

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Moose
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Spawning Salmon
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    Highway 20 north of Winthrop. Left on Dripping Springs Road. Follow to the left and park at trailhead.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking and ADA accessible toilet at trailhead.

    See listing of Methow Access Sites and Facility Information

    Other Information
    This unit is open year-round.
    Unique Features
    Methow Community Trail maintained by Methow Valley Sport Trails Association for winter skiing/snowshoeing, and summer horse/bike/hike. Interpretive signs around 6 mile loop trail.
    Other Information
    Key spawning grounds for spring Chinook salmon along the Methow river.
    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
    No activities currently listed for this Unit.

    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.