Fire restrictions in place on WDFW lands
The arrival of hot, dry weather, combined with drought conditions, has prompted the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to restrict fires and other activities effective immediately on agency-managed lands in eastern Washington. Learn more >>
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.
Birds of Prey
How to Get Here
Map and Driving Directions
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.
Shillapoo Wildlife Area was established to protect and enhance wintering waterfowl habitat.
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.
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov