Scatter Creek
Wildlife Area Location

CONTACT INFORMATION
Shane Belson
Manager
1111 Washington St SE
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 902-2812

 
Wildlife Areas
Scatter Creek Wildlife Area
Scatter Creek Unit
The 492-acre Scatter Creek unit is located 20 miles south of Olympia. It includes a unique Idaho fescue/balsamroot short-grass prairie with a wide variety of wildflowers, some of which are rare or uncommon. It also has riparian, wetland and forest habitats, including an Oregon white oak community 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.

Active beaver dams within the unit contribute to the overall habitat quality in the riparian and wetland zones. Common wildlife species include deer, fox, bobcat, coyote, hare, raccoon, river otter, beaver, and muskrat. Multiple bird species range from great blue herons and kingfishers to song and savannah sparrows. A variety of butterflies can be seen during their adult life stage, coinciding with the flowering period of many wildflowers throughout spring and summer. Rare and unusual species include purple martin, western bluebird, mink, black bear, and the western gray squirrel, a state threatened species. Hunting, dog training, field trialing, and exercising the family pet are dominant uses, as well as horseback riding, botanical studies, educational field trips, bird and wildlife watching, picnicking, and fishing. Three parking lots and two toilets exist on the area.

Field Trials


Viewing Opportunities

Birds

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

  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Spawning Salmon
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    North Unit: Coming from the North on I-5: Using Case Road: Take Exit 95, at end of offramp take a left, then another quick left onto Case Road. Go 4 miles, the North Parking Lot of the North Unit will be on the right. Go another .4 miles down Case Road to the Middle Parking Lot. Coming from the South on I-5: 1. Take Exit 88-B, cross over Freeway and then take a Right onto Elderberry Street. Go .4 miles down Elderberry, then take a Right onto 193rd Ave. Take an immediate Left onto Guava Street and go 1 mile down it. Take a Right onto 183rd and go .35 miles and take a Left onto Guava Street again. At the end of Guava, take a Left onto 18oth Ave and go .4 miles. Take a Left onto Case Road. Go .8 miles down Case Road to the Middle Parking Lot of the North Unit. Go another .4 miles to the North Parking Lot of the North Unit.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    There are two Parking Areas on the North Unit. There is a restroom in the middle parking lot of the North Unit.
    Other Information
    There is a Seasonal Restriction on the southern 1/3 of the North Unit. No Horseback Riding, and Dogs must be on leash from April 1 to July 31. During pheasant season, Regulated Hunting hours are from 8:00am to 4:30pm.
    Access Site #2
    Driving Directions
    South Unit: Coming from the North on I-5: Using Case Road: Take Exit 95, at end of offramp take a left, then another quick left onto Case Road. Go 4 miles, the North Parking Lot of the North Unit will be on the right. Go another .4 miles down Case Road to the Middle Parking Lot. Go another .8 miles down Case Road and then take a Right onto 180th Ave. The Main Parking Lot of the South Unit is .4 miles down 180th Ave. Coming from the South on I-5: 1. Take Exit 88-B, cross over Freeway and then take a Right onto Elderberry Street. Go .4 miles down Elderberry, then take a Right onto 193rd Ave. Take an immediate Left onto Guava Street and go 1 mile down it. Take a Right onto 183rd and go .35 miles and take a Left onto Guava Street again. Parking Area is at the end of Guava Street.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Large Parking Area with restroom facility.
    Other Information
    There is a Seasonal Restriction on the South Unit. No Horseback Riding, and Dogs must be on leash from April 1 to July 31. During pheasant season, Regulated Hunting hours are from 8:00am to 4:30pm.
    Unique Features
    Native short grass prairie with seasonal wildflowers. Mima type mounded prairie. Year round creek.
     
       OTHER INFORMATION
    Scatter Creek Wildlife Area Management Plan
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
       MAPPING
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
       OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
    No activities currently listed for this Unit.
     

    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.