Wildlife Area Location

Jim Gerchak
4686 Wishkah Road
Aberdeen, WA 98520
(360) 533-5676
(360) 538-2975 fax

Wildlife Areas
Olympic Wildlife Area
Wynoochee Mitigation Unit
The Wynoochee Mitigation unit is 1,030 acres located 25 miles north of Montesano in Grays Harbor County. The unit lies along the Wynoochee River. It is owned by Tacoma Power and has been managed by WDFW since 1992 as mitigation for the loss of habitat from the Wynoochee dam and reservoir. This unit is managed as elk winter forage habitat.
Viewing Opportunities


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

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    This area consists of numerous land parcels scattered through out the Wynoochee River drainages. To access these areas please you the online mapping feature on the WDFW website.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    No Restrooms. No improved parking.
    Unique Features
    The Wildlife Area consists of forests and small fields, which are scattered among small, private tree farms, DNR land, and corporate timberlands. Various streams wind their way through forests. Vegetation includes Douglas fir and big-leaf maple as the primary tree species. Lower canopy and groundcover species including trailing blackberry, salmonberry, fireweed, vine maple, cascara, salal, and other valuable, herbaceous forage plants. Although the purchase of the area was intended for management of elk, management has also increased upland bird use and provides habitat for various other species of wildlife. Bald eagles frequent the area and ruffed and blue grouse are common. Salmon and other fish species occupy the rivers. These areas are popular during hunting season and used though out the year for hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing.
    Other Information
    No overnight camping or parking
    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
    • Bird watching
    • Dog walking
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • 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.