Carter Mountain wildlife unit includes 2,000 acres located 7 miles south of Tonasket. An additional 240 acres of land owned by the Bureau of Land Management are located within the unit’s boundaries. The terrain varies from broad valleys to rugged, rocky hillsides. Habitat types include shrub-steppe, dry grassland, and dry-mixed conifer forest. Agriculture and grazing have been used to improve vegetation for mule deer. The property was purchased in phases from 2008 through 2012 for mule deer wintering habitat. The unit supports a variety of wildlife including black bears, migratory birds, cougars, bobcats and golden eagles. Mule deer draw hunters to this unit each fall.
Birds of Prey
How to Get Here
Map and Driving Directions
Access Site #1
From Tonasket via North Pine Creek Rd – From Tonasket, west on 4th Ave across Okanogan River to the Hwy 7 Junction. Turn left (south) on Hwy 7 and proceed 1 mile to North Pine Creek Road. Turn right (west) and drive 5 ½ miles to parking area on left side of road. Look for reader board adjacent to parking area.
From Tonasket via Highway 97 – From Tonasket, drive south on Hwy 97 approximately 7 ¼ miles. Turn right onto gravel road just past wide pull-out lined with poplar trees and proceed about 100 yards to parking area on right. Do not drive uphill past signs – WDFW vehicle access only.
Parking/Restroom Information There are two unimproved access areas used when visiting Carter Mountain – no restrooms are currently available. The first site is adjacent to Highway 97, approximately 1 mile south of Janis Bridge (where Hwy 97 crosses the Okanogan River) on the west side of the highway. The second site is on the west boundary of the wildlife area adjacent to North Pine Creek Road, 7 miles southwest of Tonasket.
Private property borders a significant portion of the Carter Mountain Unit. Please respect private property and heed to posted signs where vehicle access is not permitted.
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov