Sinlahekin
Wildlife Area Location

CONTACT INFORMATION
Justin Haug
Manager
P.O. Box C
Loomis, WA 98827
(509) 223-3358

 
Wildlife Areas
Sinlahekin Wildlife Area
Buzzard Lake Unit

Buzzard Lake consists of approximately 840 acres located 12 miles west of Okanogan. Steep hillsides surround a broad valley bottom where the 12-acre Buzzard Lake rests on the edge of a large meadow. The dominate habitat in the area is a mixed coniferous forest with scattered patches of sagebrush-steppe. The property was purchased in 2009 for critical mule deer wintering habitat. Grazing is being used within the wildlife unit to improve mule deer forage. Buzzard Lake supports a variety of wildlife including black bears, moose, waterfowl, cougars and song birds. Trout fishing draws the highest number of visitors to this property.


Viewing Opportunities

Birds

  • Songbirds
  • Upland Birds
  • Waterfowl
  • Mammals

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Moose
  • Small Mammals
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    Headed north from Brewster on Old Highway 97 about 2 miles southwest of Malott, turn left (west) onto Chiliwist Road. Proceed uphill about 1 mile to the Chiliwist Wildlife Area. Headed south from Malott on Old Highway 97 about 2 miles soutwest of Malott, turn right (west) onto Chiliwist Road. Proceed uphill about 1 mile to the Chiliwist Wildlife Area.
    Parking/Restroom Information

    From Okanogan – Follow Highway 20 west towards Twisp and the Methow Valley approximately 10 miles. Turn right onto Buzzard Lake Road. Drive approximately 4 miles on Buzzard Lake Road (stay to right). Camping area and boat launch will be on your left.

    From Twisp – Drive south on Highway 153 for 2 miles and take a left onto Highway 20. Follow Highway 20 east towards Okanogan and the Okanogan Valley approximately 20 miles. Turn left onto Buzzard Lake Road. Drive approximately 4 miles on Buzzard Lake Road (stay to right). Camping area and boat launch will be on your left.

    Other Information
    A recently improved primitive campground can be found on the northeast corner of the lake – no restrooms are currently available. A car-top boat launch can be found just south of the campground by following the gravel road leading from the parking area. A reader board at the site is available to read about specific fishing and hunting regulations.
    Other Information
    Private property borders a significant portion of the Buzzard Lake Unit. Please respect private property and follow posted regulations when visiting the wildlife area.
     
       OTHER INFORMATION
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
       MAPPING
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
    Green Dot Maps
       OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
    • Bird watching
    • Boating
    • Camping
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Horseback riding
    • Hunting
    • 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.