Oak Creek
Wildlife Area Location

CONTACT INFORMATION
Ross Huffman
Manager
16601 Highway 12
Naches, WA 98937
(509) 653-2390

 
Wildlife Areas
Oak Creek Wildlife Area
Rock Creek Unit
The 10,386-acre unit was acquired in 2009 and 2011 from Plum Creek Timber Company. The property is 35 miles northwest of Yakima in Kittitas County, lying north of the Naches River in the Rock Creek, Gold Creek, Milk Creek and upper Wenas Creek drainages. Multiple US Forest Service System roads provide access to the unit.

Mountain goats roam the alpine areas in the Rock Creek unit, while the shrub steppe and basalt cliffs are home to elk, mule deer, and bighorn sheep. Rivers and streams flowing through the unit are used by bull trout, cutthroat and rainbow trout, as well as salmon. Recreation opportunities include hunting, camping, hiking, wildlife viewing and ORV trails. The unit has breathtaking views of Mount Rainier from the top of Bald Mountain and unique landforms like Devils Slide.

The property is in checkerboard ownership with the U.S. Forest Service. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works with the Forest Service to manage several motorized trails, which provide a destination for motorized recreation in the summer and fall.


Viewing Opportunities

Birds

  • Birds of Prey
  • Eagles
  • Songbirds
  • Mammals

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Mountain goats
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From Naches, go west on U.S. Hwy 12 for 4 miles to the junction with State Route 410 and go straight on SR 410. Continue approximately 15 miles on SR 410 to USFS 1701 Road on right (north). Turn on USFS 1701 and follow for 9 miles until entering WDFW land (odd numbered sections). USFS road 1705 also provides access off SR 410. USFS 1702, 1703 and 1708 also provide access off the highway, but are currently closed to motor vehicles due to flood damage incurred in 2011.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    No facilities.
    Unique Features
    The area is popular for hunting big-game, including deer, elk, and bear during fall seasons. Numerous motorized recreation trails.
     
       OTHER INFORMATION
    Oak Creek 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
    • Bird watching
    • Camping
    • Hiking
    • Horseback riding
    • Hunting
    • Mountain biking
    • Wildlife viewing
     

    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.