The Davis Creek Unit is approximately 500 acres and is located just outside of the town of Oakville near State Hwy 12. Most of the land owned by the Department is best characterized as open wetland, riparian shrub habitat, meadow/field habitat, and oak woodland. Oregon white oak communities are uncommon on the west side of the Cascade Mountains and north of the Columbia River. This oak community is valuable to wildlife because of the acorn crop it produces. The various habitats on this unit are interspersed and thus, allow for an abundance of diverse species. Species known to exist in the area include Olympic mud minnows, mink, shorebirds, elk, deer, fox, coyote, bobcat, grouse, abundant waterfowl, trumpeter swans, and a variety of salmon species. The property hosts a number of recreational activities and is actively farmed for hay through an agricultural lease. Other popular activities include hunting for waterfowl, deer, elk, and doves. The site also hosts numerous specially permitted events for dog field trials and training. There is Chehalis River access for fishing on the eastern boundary of the property. This is an excellent birding area and is recognized by the Puget Lowlands Riparian Bird Conservation Area as a priority habitat. The parking area contains an interpretive kiosk with information about the unit and a toilet facility.
Map and Driving Directions
Access Site #1
Driving Directions From Elma: Drive south on Hwy 12 to Porter. Make a right on Porter Creek Rd, then a left on South Bank Rd. Follow South Bank Rd for approximately 7 miles and look for parking area and signs on the left.
From Oakville: Head south on State St. from Hwy 12 for approximately 3.5 miles (State St. turns into South Bank Rd.) Look for parking area and signs on the right.
Other Information No overnight camping or parking.
This unit supports a variety of important habitat types and is utilized by a wide variety of fish and wildlife species. Extensive freshwater emergent wetlands, off channel sloughs and Oregon white oak woodlands highlight the ecologically unique value of this unit.
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov