Scotch Creek
Wildlife Area Location

Jim Olson
1514 Concunully Highway
Okanogan, WA 98840
(509) 826-4430

Wildlife Areas
Scotch Creek Wildlife Area
Mineral Hill Unit
The 920-acre Mineral Hill unit is located 2 miles southwest of Conconully along the West Fork of Salmon Creek. Elevation varies from 500 feet in the southeast corner to 3,400 feet at the northwest corner. The north slope of this unit is heavily timbered with conifer forest, while the south slope has large open stands of bunch grasses and scattered Ponderosa pine. Salmon Creek is a typical mountainous stream with 280 feet of drop in the one mile that it crosses this unit. Rusty Creek joins Salmon Creek toward the western portion of the property. These streams support resident trout, but no anadromous fish species due to a natural barrier downstream.
Viewing Opportunities


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

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From Conconully, take the west fork salmon creek road approximately 4 miles. The 980 acre unit lies north of the forest service road. No improvements are available.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Other Information
    Closed in winter.
    Unique Features
    No improvements have been made on this remote unit.
    Other Information
    Hunting opportunities include mule deer, whitetail deer, and for upland bird hunters ruffed grouse and blue grouse. Other species include black bear, cougar, and possibly bobcat. Hunting seasons vary depending on species and weapon of choice, so consult the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hunting regulations for seasons and dates.

    Fishing opportunities on this unit are limited to the one mile of the West Fork Salmon Creek. This is a typical mountainous stream with populations of native salmonids (including rainbow trout). However access is difficult and you will need to hike one half-mile downhill to reach the stream. Other WDFW access sites within driving distance offering fishing include, Blue Lake (limebelt) and Green Lake. Additional fishing opportunities can be found on the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area to the north and both the upper and lower Conconully reservoirs. Consult Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Fishing Regulations for further information on seasons and the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area Homepage.

    Camping is permitted adjacent to established roads, however that is limited in this area. No developed sites are available. USFS camping sites are close by and might be preferable in the Mineral Hill area. Firewood can be gathered from downed dead wood only and must remain on the wildlife area unit. Fire restrictions are governed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources and Okanogan County. Consult WDNR website for up to date fire restrictions. Length of stay is limited to 14 days.

    Other Recreation
    Hiking, biking and horseback riding. Non-motorized recreational activities are allowed, however currently there are no developed trail systems on this unit. Old logging roads that traverse the Mineral Hill unit can be used as “trails”, and can be accessed from either road crossing the area. No parking or off loading facilities are available.

    Wildlife Observations and Photography
    Wildlife viewing and photography encompasses a vast number of wildlife species. The greatest diversity of wildlife will be found along Salmon Creek, with its diversity of vegetation. Many songbirds use this area in the spring. This is mid-elevation for mule deer and they can be found here primarily during the spring and fall migrations.

    Scotch Creek Wildlife Area Management Plan
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
    • Bird watching
    • Hiking
    • Horseback riding
    • Hunting
    • Mountain biking
    • 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.