The Bridgeport Bar Unit, partially owned by the Douglas County PUD, covers about 450 acres along the Columbia River between Brewster and Bridgeport. Wetlands and ponds on the unit and Wells Pool provide habitat for waterfowl and other water birds. Bald eagles using Wells Pool and adjacent areas primarily feed on waterfowl and carrion during the winter and on fish the rest of the year. American white pelicans, long-billed curlews and Sandhill cranes visit this pool as well. Irrigated grain food plots grown annually for waterfowl forage also provide food and cover for a variety of other wildlife species. The Department of Fish and Wildlife has developed extensive riparian habitat on the unit providing dense cover for wildlife. This has benefited many wildlife species and has lead to a substantial increase in the California quail population. Ring-necked pheasants and grey partridge also occur on the area.
Birds of Prey
How to Get Here
Map and Driving Directions
Access Site #1
Driving Directions From the town of Brewster, drive south on Bridge Street across the Columbia River. Turn left at “T” and proceed on Highway 173 about 1.5 miles. The unit begins at the first parking area and entrance sign to the left.
Parking/Restroom Information Several parking areas without restroom facilities.
Access Site #2
Driving Directions From Bridgeport, proceed north on Highway 173 about 4 miles to the first parking area past the Wells WA entrance sign. It is located before and adjacent to a fire station.