The 960-acre Skookumchuck Unit is located 11 miles northeast of Centralia and downstream from the Skookumchuck Dam in Thurston County. The property is owned and managed by TransAlta for power generation support, as well as for wildlife habitat in accordance with a 1979 mitigation and management agreement with WDFW. The property contains grassland, wetland, farmland, meadow, orchard, and forest habitats that provide habitat for a wide variety of species, including forage and cover for deer and elk. Habitat for upland birds, including pheasant and grouse, also occurs on the Skookumchuck Unit. Other species found on the unit include, pileated woodpecker, western bluebird, American dipper, bald eagle, and a variety of amphibian and fish species.
Map and Driving Directions
Access Site #1
Driving Directions From I-5, take Exit 88 toward Tenino. Continue east on US 12/Old Highway 99 for 7.6 miles, then turn south on WA-507. Continue on WA-507 for 2.2 miles, then turn east onto 184th Ave SW, which becomes Skookumchuck Rd SE after 0.6 miles. Continue east on Skookumchuck Rd SE for 5.3 miles until you reach the Skookumchuck Unit.
Parking/Restroom Information There are four parking areas.
Other Information During pheasant hunting season, regulated hunting hours are from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
Pheasant release hunting, salmon steelhead fishing, elk viewing, fish hatchery.
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov