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Sinlahekin
Wildlife Area Location

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

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

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

 

Parking Information
A Discover Pass or
Vehicle Access Pass
is REQUIRED
on ALL WDFW Lands

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Wildlife Areas
 Index of Wildlife Areas and Units 

Sinlahekin Wildlife Area
Driscoll Islands Unit
The Driscoll Islands unit is about 350 acres (including a 2007 acquisition on Eyhott Island to the south) of mostly riparian and wetland habitat located about one mile south of Oroville, at the confluence of the Similkameen and Okanogan rivers. During high water years, much of the island, at just 280 feet in elevation, is flooded. The primary goal for purchase in 1974 was to provide goose nesting and foraging habitat. Grazing was once used to improve forage, but has been discontinued since the goose population has returned to healthy numbers. A sharecrop agreement is used on agricultural lands for hay and grain production to enhance forage for upland game birds. River channels surrounding Driscoll Island provide migration and spawning habitat for steelhead, fall Chinook salmon and Osoyoos Sockeye salmon. The unit supports a small deer population, a variety of waterfowl, reptiles and amphibians and other wildlife. Access to Driscoll Island for fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing is by a ford across the Okanogan River during low flows in the summer and fall.
Viewing Opportunities

Birds

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

  • Bighorn sheep
  • Deer
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Spawning Salmon
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From Oroville proceed south on SR 97. Watch for Public Access sign on right (west) side of hwy about .25 miles after crossing the Okanogan River. Turn right (west) just before sign and cross railroad tracks turning right into the parking lot.

    From Ellisforde proceed north on SR 97 to about Mile Post 329. Watch for Public Access sign on left (west) side of SR 97. Turn left (west) just before sign and cross railroad tracks turning right into the parking lot.

    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking is available at the Driscoll Island parking lot and the SR-97 Bridge access area south of Oroville. No restrooms available.

    See listing of Driscoll-Eyhott Islands Access Sites and Facility Information

    Unique Features
    Access to these islands is by wading during low water (July 15 to April 15) or by boat during high water (April 15 to July 15). There are no developed visitor or recreational facilities on Driscoll-Eyhott Island Wildlife Area. Sometimes bighorn sheep may be visible on the rock bluffs and cliffs across SR 97 from Driscoll and/or Eyhott Islands. Salmon can be seen in the Similkameen River channel during fall spawning season from the northwest shoreline of Driscoll Island. It is also a popular place for shore fishermen to fish for steelhead.
     
    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
    Chiliwist Wildlife Area Management Plan
    Driscoll-Eyhott Islands Wildlife Area Management Plan
    Sinlahekin Wildlife Area Management Plan
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
       MAPPING
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
       OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
    • Bird watching
    • Boating
    • Dog training/trials
    • Dog walking
    • Fishing
    • Group events and tours
    • Hiking
    • Horseback riding
    • Hunting
    • 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.