Sunnyside-Snake River
Wildlife Area Location

Phillip Buser
2620 North Commercial Ave
Pasco, WA 99301
(509) 545-2028

Wildlife Areas
Sunnyside-Snake River Wildlife Area
Swegle Road Unit
The Swegle Road unit’s 120 acres are located about three miles west of College Place in Walla Walla County. This property is a complex of three separate acquisitions, some that are in perpetual easement. The Bughi parcel, purchased in 1991, offers a 50-foot easement along the north shore of the Walla Walla River, a 25-foot easement along both shorelines of Mill Creek and a WDFW-owned parcel along the south shoreline of the Walla Walla River. The Visser parcel, acquired in 1992, provides the only legal access to the WDFW-owned portion of Bughi, and the south shore of the river. Together these two properties provide fishing access to one-half mile of the Walla Walla River and about the same along Mill Creek. The Reser property, acquired in 1994, provides access to a half mile of river upstream from Bughi and Visser. Much of the acquired land is limited to the natural riparian zone along the river, which supports good quality woody cover. All of the properties were purchased to provide public fishing but they also provide hunting for upland birds, turkeys, waterfowl and deer. Hunting is allowed on Reser by shotgun or archery but Bughi/Visser has been designated as a Safety Zone due to the proximity of homes. When steelhead are migrating, the two total miles of river frontage on these units provide a substantial amount of fishing recreation.
Viewing Opportunities


  • Birds of Prey
  • Songbirds
  • Upland Birds
  • Waterfowl
  • Mammals

  • Deer
  • Other

  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    In Walla Walla County, and from Walla Walla, drive approx. 5 miles west on state highway 12 to Swegle Road (turnoff for Whitman Mission). Drive south on Swegle for approx. 0.8 mi., cross the Walla Walla River bridge and the parking lot is on the east side of the road.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Gravel lot. No facilities. Kiosk provides information and map of the area.
    Other Information
    Daylight hours only. Hunting is only allowed east of Swegle road and only with shotgun or archery. All lands west of Swegle Road are in Safety Zone. All lands are open for other recreational uses.
    Access Site #2
    Driving Directions
    Continuing from the Swegle Road parking lot, drive south approx 0.2 mile to Stovall Road. Turn right and head west for approx. 0.25 mi. to parking lot on the north side of the road.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Gravel lot. No facilities.
    Other Information
    This portion of the site is posted as a safety zone
    Unique Features
    This site is comprised of 3 separate acquisitions. It includes a 25 foot fishing easement on both sides of Mill Creek, a 50 foot fishing easement on the north shore of the Walla Walla River. All other lands are fee title. The site provides approx. one mile of river frontage. Deer, wild turkeys and other upland wildlife are common.
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
    No activities currently listed for this Unit.

    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.