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
Vance-Ferry Road Unit
The Vance-Ferry Road unit is made of two parcels totaling 135.5 acres located one mile northeast of Mabton. The major cover type is agricultural fields that are farmed under a lease in a small grain/alfalfa hay rotation. It includes about three quarters of a mile of Yakima River shoreline, which consists of a cut-bank and very limited riparian vegetation. Cattle were removed from this site and a buffer was established along the river that exists as a mix of annual and perennial grasses and broadleaf weeds. A small island of natural shrubs, trees and herbaceous vegetation separates the Vance acquisition from the old Ferry Road habitat plot. A single row of mature elm trees lies along two segments of the boundary. Two shrub plots were planted on the Vance unit to break up the agricultural fields and provide more woody cover.
Viewing Opportunities


  • Birds of Prey
  • Songbirds
  • Upland Birds
  • Waterfowl
  • Other

  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    In Yakima County, and from Highway 22, beginning about 2 miles east of Mabton, take Phillips Road north for 1 mile, to Euclid Road. Take Euclid west for 1.4 miles to Ferry Road. Take Ferry Road 1 mile north. Parking lot is on the right.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Gravel parking lot. No facilities
    Other Information
    Daylight hours only. This site falls within a waterfowl hunting closure area. No waterfowl hunting is allowed within 1/4 mile of the Yakima River.
    Unique Features
    The site is mostly agricultural fields, with habitat borders. The Yakima river flows along the northern boundary.
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