Scatter Creek
Wildlife Area Location

Darric Lowery
PO Box 609
Rochester, WA 98579
(360) 273-5126

Wildlife Areas
Scatter Creek Wildlife Area
Skookumchuck Unit
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.

Hunting Opportunities

Viewing Opportunities


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

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Spawning Salmon
  • How to Get Here
    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.
    Unique Features
    Pheasant release hunting, salmon steelhead fishing, elk viewing, fish hatchery.
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
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    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
    Green Dot Maps
    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.