Sagebrush Flat
Wildlife Area Location

Dan Peterson
54 Moe Rd.
Brewster, WA 98812
(509) 686-4305

Wildlife Areas
Sagebrush Flat Wildlife Area
Bridgeport Unit
The 6,452-acre Bridgeport unit is located immediately south of the town of Bridgeport. This unit has the most diverse array of habitats found on the Sagebrush Flat Area. Although shrubsteppe is the most dominant habitat, here one can also find permanent lakes, seasonal ponds and wetlands, meadow steppe, grasslands, aspen groves, while basalt cliffs and stands of Ponderosa pine overlook the Columbia River and the town of Bridgeport. Year-round and seasonal streams include Middle Foster Creek and West Foster Creek. Beavers have created a series of ponds in West Foster Creek and Fye Draw and there are numerous natural springs. Along with this diversity of habitats is a diversity of wildlife. Many shrubsteppe dependent species use the area including sharp-tailed grouse, sage grouse, sage thrasher, Brewer’s sparrow, vesper sparrow, loggerhead shrike, short-eared owl, prairie falcon and white-tailed jackrabbit. Neotropcial songbirds use the riparian areas, aspen groves, and Ponderosa pine stands. Mule deer can be found through the area. Upland game birds include blue grouse, Hungarian partridge, California quail and limited numbers of pheasant and Chukar. Upland bird hunters are advised that sharp-tailed grouse and sage grouse are protected species and can be found anywhere on the unit. If you intend to hunt upland birds you should be proficient at identifying both sharp-tailed grouse and sage grouse.

Elevation ranges from 2,833 feet in west to 1,000 feet near the town of Bridgeport. Current management is focused on restoration of old agricultural fields to native vegetation, expanding and improving riparian areas and weed control.

Viewing Opportunities


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

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From north: Travel State Highway 17 to it's intersection with Douglas County Road Bridgeport Hill Road. Turn south on to Bridgeport Hill Rd. and travel 2.1 miles. Parking area is on east side of road. From south: Travel US Highway 2 to it's insection with State Highway 172. Turn north on to Hwy 172 and travel 19 miles to it's insection with Douglas County Bridgeport Hill Road, also known as B NE. Turn north on to Bridgeport Hill and travel 9.25 miles. Parking area is on east side of road.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking area large enough for 3 RV's. No restroom facilities.
    Other Information
    Parking area is not cleared during winter months. 20 acres adjacent to county road is closed to entry from November 15 to April 1, look for signs.
    Access Site #2
    Driving Directions
    From Bridgeport: Travel through Bridgeport via State Highway 173 to its intersection with 16th street. Turn south onto 16th street and travel approximately 0.50 miles. Follow dirt road toward municipal water tank, approximately 0.10 miles. Turn left at water tank; parking area is located just beyond water tank.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    No overnight parking or restroom facilities. Fires are NOT permitted at any time during the year.
    Unique Features
    The basalt cliffs above Bridgeport offer fabulous views of the Columbia and Okanogan Rivers. Interior service roads can be used for hiking, mountain biking snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
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    • Dog walking
    • Hiking
    • Horseback riding
    • Hunting
    • Mountain biking
    • Nordic skiing and snowshoeing
    • Trapping
    • 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.