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Methow
Wildlife Area Location

CONTACT INFORMATION
Tom McCoy
Manager
350 Bear Creek Road
Winthrop, WA 98862
(509) 996-2559

 
For more information on
Wildlife Areas, please contact
the WDFW Wildlife Program.

Phone: 360-902-2515
E-mail: wildthing@dfw.wa.gov

 

Parking Information
A Discover Pass or
Vehicle Access Pass
is REQUIRED
on ALL WDFW Lands

Learn more

 
Wildlife Areas
 Index of Wildlife Areas and Units 

Methow Wildlife Area
Methow Unit
The Methow unit is the largest and oldest, with 14,800 acres located in the foothills on the east side of the Methow Valley. It is a long narrow strip of land varying in width from a half mile to two miles, stretching from Falls Creek on the north end to Frazer Creek and Highway 20 on the south end -- a distance of about 18 miles. The area is bordered on the east and north by Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest, and on the west and south by private land. Elevations vary from 2,100 feet in the Frazer Creek area to just under 4,000 feet at a point north of Campbell Lake. Purchased primarily for mule deer winter range, habitats and vegetation vary from timber (Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir) on north facing sites, to shrub-steppe (bitterbrush, sagebrush, and bunch grasses) on south and west facing slopes. Aspen, cottonwood, and a variety of shrub and forb species dominate along most stream courses. This is critical habitat for songbirds, cavity nesters, amphibians and reptiles, small mammals, nesting golden eagles, and three species of forest grouse.
Viewing Opportunities

Birds

  • Birds of Prey
  • Eagles
  • Songbirds
  • Mammals

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From Winthrop, take East Chewuch Road 2 miles; turn right on Bear Creek Loop Road- Pearrygin Lake State Park turnoff. Follow 3.5 miles to WDFW Methow Wildlife Area Headquarters.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking in vicinity on county and USFS road systems. ADA restroom facilities at Bear Creek Campground, Beaver Creek Campground, and Ramsey Creek Campground.

    See listing of Methow Access Sites and Facility Information

    Other Information
    USFS roads not open during winter months. Lester Road not plowed during winter.
    Access Site #2
    Driving Directions
    From Twisp, take highway 20 towards Okanogan, and turn left on Beaver Creek Road. Follow Beaver Creek Road approx 3 miles to Balky Hill Road and turn left. Drive 1/2 mile and WDFW land on the right. Follow Beaver Creek Road approx 6 miles, to Lester Road, turn left. Follow Lester Road for 7 miles to Bear Creek Road (see Site Information #1). To Fraser Creek Area: Approximately 1 mile east of Beaver Creek Road on Hwy 20 is a parking access to the Fraser Creek area of the Methow Unit.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking in vicinity on county and USFS road systems. ADA restroom facilities at Bear Creek Campground, Beaver Creek Campground, and Ramsey Creek Campground.

    See listing of Methow Access Sites and Facility Information

    Other Information
    USFS roads not open during winter months. Lester Road not plowed during winter.
    Unique Features
    Kiosk signs at main entrance areas with maps and shrub-steppe habitat information.
    Other Information
    Motorized vehicles are NOT permitted on the Methow Wildlife Area.

    Public conduct rules for WDFW Lands restrict the discharge of firearms within 500 feet of any of the 7 designated campgrounds for the Methow Unit. See locations for all 21 WDFW designated campgrounds here.

     
    IMPORTANT NOTICE
    Public conduct rules for WDFW Lands restrict the discharge of firearms within 500 feet of any of the 7 designated campgrounds for the Methow Unit. See locations for all 21 WDFW designated campgrounds here.
    The Discover Pass - Your ticket to Washington's great outdoors
    A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass is required on all WDFW lands.
    Learn more at
    DiscoverPass.wa.gov
       OTHER INFORMATION
    Methow Wildlife Area Management Plan
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
       MAPPING
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
       OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
    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.