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Sunnyside-Snake River Wildlife Area McDonald Bridge Unit
The McDonald Bridge unit covers 121.3 acres located one mile east of Lowden on the Walla Walla River in Walla Walla County. When steelhead are migrating, the two total miles of river frontage provide fishing recreation. Cottonwood, willow, alder and red-osier dogwood are the dominant woody species with reed canary grass being the primary understory species. One site is being restored to native grass cover and another is still being actively farmed to small grains under an agricultural lease. Hunting for upland birds, turkeys, waterfowl and deer is popular.
Birds of Prey
How to Get Here
Map and Driving Directions
Access Site #1
Driving Directions In Walla Walla County, and beginning in Lowden, take state hwy 12 east for about one mile to McDonald Road. Go south on McDonald Road for approx. 0.4 mile, cross the Walla Walla River, and turn left into the parking lot.
Parking/Restroom Information Gravel parking lot. No facilities
Other Information Daylight hours only.
Two adjacent parcels provide access to one mile of the Walla Walla River. Diverse riparian zone and wildlife.
WDFW owns shoreline access for one-half mile upstream, on both sides of the river, plus one-half mile downstream but only on the south bank. Hunting is allowed by archery and shotgun only. Kiosk in parking lot provides additional details.
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov