Wildlife Area Location

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

Wildlife Areas
Methow Wildlife Area
Early Winters Unit
The Early Winters unit is 650 acres northwest of Winthrop along Highway 20. WDFW owns 85 acres of the unit and holds conservation easements on the remaining privately-owned 565 acres. The Methow River runs along the east boundary. Major habitat types include riparian, mixed forest and agricultural lands. Early Winters is a popular destination for hiking and cross-country skiing.
Viewing Opportunities


  • Birds of Prey
  • Eagles
  • Songbirds
  • Mammals

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Spawning Salmon
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    Winter Access only due to surrounding private property. Follow Highway 20, 1 mile north of Mazama.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking at Arrowleaf Trailhead on Highway 20. No restrooms.
    Other Information
    Winter Access only via community ski trail system.
    Other Information
    Arrowleaf ski trail system is maintained by Methow Valley Sports Trail Association.
    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.

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    Activities may include restrictions or require permits. Please see Public Conduct Rules for more information.