Sherman Creek
Wildlife Area Location

Daro Palmer
34042 Hwy 20 E
Kettle Falls, WA 99141
(509) 738-4120

Wildlife Areas
Sherman Creek Wildlife Area
Sherman Creek Wildlife AreaSherman Creek Wildlife Area consists of 8,782 WDFW-owned acres and 560 USFWS acres, all managed as one unit at the lower end of the Sherman Creek Watershed, which begins at the Kettle Crest and flows 24 miles down to the Columbia River. The wildlife area is located along the west side of Lake Roosevelt, in the eastern foothills of the Kettle River Range in Ferry County, about three miles northwest of the town of Kettle Falls.

The area was acquired in 1948 with Pittman-Robertson and State Wildlife funds to protect deer winter range and provide wildlife recreation.

Ponderosa pine and Evergreen ceanothus habitat types dominate, but a greater variety of conifers are at higher elevations. Aspen thickets are common around the many seeps and springs on the area. The most conspicuous wildlife are white-tailed deer, but the area supports a wide diversity of other species from bats to wild turkeys.

Viewing Opportunities


  • Birds of Prey
  • Upland Birds
  • Mammals

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From Colville, drive north on US 395 to intersection with Hwy 20. Turn left onto Hwy 20. Headquarters of the WLA is located a few miles west of the bridge over the Columbia River, on the south side of the highway. A kiosk and parking lot mark the site.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Public parking available at kiosk at intersection of WLA driveway and Hwy 20. Parking also available at HQ building.
    Other Information
    Daytime parking only. Gate to HQ and its parking lot, and gates to several forest roads, are closed annually for the winter.
    Unique Features
    Mostly forest, dominated by Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir, the wildlife area has several miles of forest road. Forest is punctuated with open meadows covered by ceanothus. There are also 100 acres of irrigated alfalfa, 5-10 acres of food plots, and a hayed field in front of the WLA HQ. Pheasants are planted annually for public hunting, at the alfalfa fields. Mule and white-tailed deer, and turkeys, are also hunted.
    CLOSURE: WDFW extends winter road closure on Sherman Creek Wildlife Area
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    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.