Wildlife Area Location

Daren Hauswald
2108 Grand Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 906-6756

Wildlife Areas
Shillapoo Wildlife Area
Shillapoo North Unit
The 882-acre North unit includes the northern and eastern portions of the drained Shillapoo lakebed and approximately 1½ miles of shoreline on Lake River. Several sharecrop fields are located on this unit.
Viewing Opportunities


  • Birds of Prey
  • Eagles
  • Marine Birds
  • Shorebirds
  • Songbirds
  • Wading Birds
  • Waterfowl
  • Mammals

  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From the east: Take Exit 1D (Fourth Plain) on Interstate 5. Turn west onto Fourth Plain. After 2 miles Fourth Plain splits, head to the northwest on highway 501. After about three miles 501 splits going continuing going north on Highway 501. This will dead end after 2 miles and the North Unit will be on the west side of the Highway. Turning west at the split with Highway 501 and Lower River will go to the west side of the North unit.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    There are small pull outs along highway 501 and Lower River Road, but there are no restrooms.
    Other Information
    Target shooting is prohibited during migratory and upland bird seasons.
    Unique Features
    Shillapoo Wildlife Area was established to protect and enhance wintering waterfowl habitat.
    Other Information
    The wildlife area is in a restricted firearm use zone, in which only shotguns and bow and arrow equipment can be used. The use of rifles and pistols here is prohibited under county rules. Dog training is not allowed on this unit from the end of waterfowl season through April 15th each year. The public is also asked to not enter the unit during the same time period to provide a disturbance free area for wintering waterfowl and sandhill cranes.
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
    Green Dot Maps
    • Bird watching
    • Dog walking
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Hunting
    • Target shooting/trap shooting/archery
    • Trapping
    • 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.