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.
How to Get Here
Map and Driving Directions
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.
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.
Private property borders a significant portion of the Buzzard Lake Unit. Please respect private property and follow posted regulations when visiting the wildlife area.
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov