Wildlife Area Location

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

Wildlife Areas
Shillapoo Wildlife Area
Shillapoo South Unit
The 1,012-acre South unit includes three acquired properties that historically were used for dairy production. One of the largest great blue heron rookeries on the lower Columbia River is on this unit. In 2000, this rookery contained more than 350 active nests; by 2001, however, the nesting site was abandoned, most likely due to drought conditions affecting forage or an increase in bald eagle activity in the area. A second newer rookery, also on the South unit, grew substantially to 142 active nests in the same year.

In 2004, the first phase of restoring Shillapoo lakebed wetland vegetation was completed. In collaboration with Ducks Unlimited and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), this project intends to build a water control levee to isolate and prevent the drainage of 150 acres at the south end of the historic water body. In cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, another project is in the design stage to restore the wetland hydrology to the remaining parts of the lakebed that are owned by WDFW.

Viewing Opportunities


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

  • Deer
  • 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 about 1 mile and the south Unit will be on the west side of the Highway and will join the North Unit. Turning west at the split with Highway 501 and Lower River will go to the west side of the South unit.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    There are three parking areas off of Lower River Road in the South Unit, and one vault toilet.
    Other Information
    Target shooting in prohibited during migratory and upland bird seassons. The unit is closed to dog training from April 15th to July 1st.
    Unique Features
    The South Unit is a pheasant release site, but is still managed primarily for waterfowl wintering habitat.
    Other Information
    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. Trap Shooting is prohibited during upland bird and waterfowl seasons. There is no designated area. Use of rifles and pistols is prohibited here under county rules.
    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 training/trials
    • 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.