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.
Map and Driving Directions
Access Site #1
Driving Directions From Naches go west on US 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). You can also access the Rock Creek Unit off of SR 410 on the USFS 1702, 1705 and 1708 roads.
Parking/Restroom Information No facilities.
The area is popular for hunting big-game, including deer, elk, and bear during fall seasons. Numerous motorized recreation trails.
Rock Creek Fire Update Some access is closed due to the Rock Creek Fire currently burning on part of the Oak Creek Wildlife Area’s Rock Creek Unit, including part of Game Management Unit (GMU) 346 (Little Naches) and a small part of GMU 342 (Umtanum). See details here.
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov