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

 
For more information on
Wildlife Areas, please contact
the WDFW Wildlife Program.

Phone: 360-902-2515
E-mail: wildthing@dfw.wa.gov

 

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Wildlife Areas
 Index of Wildlife Areas and Units 

Shillapoo Wildlife Area
Shillapoo Wildlife AreaThe 2,370-acre Shillapoo Wildlife Area, located within the floodplain of the Columbia River in Clark County, is managed as three units. Annual flooding and scouring, which formed the area’s topography, has been substantially reduced due to hydropower, irrigation and flood control projects upstream.

The area is currently a mix of agricultural land and developed pasture intermixed with fragmented pieces of natural habitat of varying quality. Himalayan blackberry and Reed canary grass are two exotic plants limiting habitat quality in almost all habitat types. Sharecrop and grazing agreements with local farmers and ranchers have been used to maintain habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl and Sandhill cranes. Corn and small grains are left standing for forage. Eventually these agricultural lands will be restored to wetland habitat.

As a major wintering area for waterfowl in the Pacific Flyway, the Shillapoo supports Canada geese, mallards and other dabbling ducks. Bald eagles nest in adjoining areas and can be present in significant numbers on the wildlife area particularly in winter. Sandhill cranes use the wildlife area and surrounding lands primarily as a staging area during the fall and spring, but a few over-winter in the area. The area also supports mink, great blue heron, black-capped chickadee, western meadowlark, yellow warbler and other species. Listed salmonids found in the Columbia River, Lake River, and Vancouver Lake adjacent to the wildlife area lands include lower Columbia Coho, Chinook salmon, Columbia River Chum salmon, Snake River Sockeye, and Steelhead. Shillapoo is also within the historic range of the Columbian white-tailed deer and Western pond turtle (both state endangered) and is considered potential habitat for both species.

 
How to Get Here
For driving directions and more information on this Wildlife Area's units, please click on the links below:
  • Shillapoo North
  • Shillapoo South
  • Vancouver Lake
  • Wildlife Area Map
     Wildlife Area Map - Click to enlarge
    The Discover Pass - Your ticket to Washington's great outdoors
    A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass is required on all WDFW lands.
    Learn more at
    DiscoverPass.wa.gov
       OTHER INFORMATION
    Shillapoo Wildlife Area Management Plan
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
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