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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

Learn more

 
Wildlife Areas
 Index of Wildlife Areas and Units 

Sinlahekin Wildlife Area
Sinlahekin Unit
Located 2.5 miles south of Loomis, the Sinlahekin unit’s 14,314 acres include 480 acres leased from Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), 2,834 acres owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and 11,000 acres owned by WDFW. The Sinlahekin lies primarily within the Sinlahekin Valley, a north–south-running, deep, glaciated valley with sheer rock sidewalls rising from the valley floor, which ranges from about one-half to one mile wide. The property is within both the Sinlahekin Creek and the Coulee Creek watersheds. Sinlahekin Creek is the major flowing water body, while Coulee Creek goes underground most of the year. There are five impoundments and several natural ponds. Dominant habitat types are shrub steppe (bluebunch wheatgrass, big sage, bitterbrush, serviceberry), wetland (hawthorn, water birch, mountain alder, grass/sedges), and dry forest (Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir). WDFW farms about 145 acres for wildlife forage under two sharecrop agreements, and four grazing permits are used to manipulate vegetation.

The Sinlahekin has more than 510 vascular plant species (including nine rare ones), over 215 species of birds, 60 species of mammals, about 20 species of reptiles and amphibians, over 25 species of fish, and over 90 species of butterflies. Mule deer, bighorn sheep, moose, black bear, cougar, waterfowl, wild turkey, forest grouse and rainbow trout contribute to the popularity of hunting and fishing here.

Red-tailed hawk Photo Gallery
Wildlife Area staff have put together a great photo and video gallery. Take a look!
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Viewing Opportunities

Birds

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

  • Bear
  • Bighorn sheep
  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Moose
  • Mountain Goats
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions

    From Tonasket west on 4th Ave across Okanogan River to the Hwy 7 Junction. Turn right (north) on Hwy 7 and proceed north to the Loomis Hwy Junction continuing on (west) to Loomis. Drive through Loomis and proceed straight (west) into a sweeping left turn onto Broadway Street which turns into Sinlahekin Road. Proceed south on Sinlahekin Road about 3 miles where the road enters SWA.

    From Riverside north on SR 97 to about Mile Post 304.6. Turn left (west) on the South Pine Creek Road. Proceed west about 7 miles where road enters SWA.

    From Oroville south on SR 97 to Ellisforde, turn right (west) on Ellisforde Bridge Road. Proceed west about .75 miles then turn left (south) on Hwy 7. Proceed south to the Loomis Hwy Junction and Hwy 7. Turn right (west) onto Loomis Hwy and proceed west to Loomis. Drive through Loomis and proceed straight (west) into a sweeping left turn onto Broadway Street which turns into Sinlahekin Road. Proceed south on Sinlahekin Road about 3 miles where the road enters SWA.

    From Conconully proceed east out of Conconully on the Conconully-Fish Lake Road and follow road past Sugar Loaf Lake and over Sugar Loaf Pass to where the road enters SWA.

    Parking/Restroom Information
    See listing of Sinlahekin Access Sites and Facility Information
    Other Information
    Vehicles are restricted from Sinlahekin access roads during mud season.
    Unique Features
    An ADA trail leading to an ADA view blind and and ADA fishing pier are located at Conner Lake. An ADA trail is located to the northwest of Blue Lake leading to a viewing blind on the west side of Blue Lake. There is about 8 miles of trail from Headquarters and Conner Lake to about 1 mile north of Fish Lake - Hunter Camp Access Site. These trails are available to hikers, horseback riders with portions for ADA use. Additional trail features include 2 Kiosks, 2 interpretive signs, and 6 view blinds. Bird and butterfly watching opportunities exist all along the trails. Wildflower enthusiasts will also find subjects to interest them.
     
    IMPORTANT NOTICE
    Public conduct rules for WDFW Lands restrict the discharge of firearms within 500 feet of any of the 3 designated campgrounds for the Sinlahekin Unit. See locations for all 21 WDFW designated campgrounds here.
    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
    • Camping
    • Dog training/trials
    • Dog walking
    • Fishing
    • Group events and tours
    • Hiking
    • Horseback riding
    • Hunting
    • Nordic skiing and snowshoeing
    • 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.