Scatter Creek
Wildlife Area Location

Shane Belson
PO Box 609
Rochester, WA 98579
(360) 273-5126

Wildlife Areas
Scatter Creek Wildlife Area
Scatter Creek Unit

The 915-acre Scatter Creek Unit is located 15 miles south of Olympia. It contains the unique south Puget Sound prairie ecosystem, which supports a variety of imperiled plant and animal species. Also found are riparian, wetland and forest habitats, including a one-mile stretch of Scatter Creek and an Oregon white oak community that is uncommon on the west side of the Cascade Mountains. The primary habitat management focus is the restoration and maintenance of prairie habitats using prescribed fire, exotic plant control, and the re-establishment of native species.

Popular recreational activities include wildlife viewing, hunting, fishing, dog field trials and training, horseback riding, and botanical studies. Three parking areas and two toilets are available on the area.

An additional 148 acres of the wildlife area immediately north of Scatter Creek (waterbody) along Case Road is leased from a private landowner. Please adhere to all wildlife area regulations so that this arrangement, and the resulting public benefit, can be maintained into the future.

Field Trials and Dog Events

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding on the wildlife area is restricted to the designated trailhead and trail located at the 16810 Case Road parking area (See horse trail map). The trail leads to a network of additional trails on private timberlands, including the first encountered private tract that is owned by Port Blakely (Public Access Policy). Visitors are responsible for knowing public access rules that are in place for private land.

Viewing Opportunities


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

  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    Two parking areas are located at the north parcel along Case Road, Rochester. The northernmost is at 16810 Case Road. The other parking area is 0.4 mile to the south at 17100 Case Road.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    A toilet is located at the 17100 Case Road parking area.
    Other Information
    Horseback riding at the north parcel is restricted to designated trails. See "Horseback Riding" section for details.
    Access Site #2
    Driving Directions
    One parking area is located on the south parcel at 17915 Guava St SW, Rochester.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    A toilet is located at this parking area.
    Other Information
    Horseback riding is not permitted at the south parcel. Dogs must be on leash from April 1 - July 31.
    Unique Features
    South Puget Sound prairies, Mima mounds, Scatter Creek, historic homestead.
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
    • Bird watching
    • Dog training/trials
    • Dog walking
    • Hiking
    • Horseback riding
    • Hunting
    • 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.