The Indian Dan Canyon Unit covers 4,412 acres northeast of Brewster. Shrubsteppe habitat occurs extensively on this unit, providing habitat for sharp-tailed grouse, white-tailed jackrabbit, sage and Brewer’s sparrows, mule deer, white-tailed deer and other wildlife. This habitat is suitable for sage grouse. The southern portion of the unit includes extensive stands of bitterbrush making it an important mule deer wintering site. Artificial ponds and Indian Dan Lake were developed using springs, seasonal streams, and seeps. Upland game birds occurring on the unit include California quail, grey partridge, blue grouse, ruffed grouse and Chukar. Sharp-tailed grouse are a protected species that can be found anywhere on the unit. Upland bird hunters are advised to be proficient at identifying these birds.
Birds of Prey
How to Get Here
Map and Driving Directions
Access Site #1
Driving Directions From the south, ~4 miles east of Pateros on Highway 97 turn left on Indian Dan Road. Proceed ~1.25 mile to the south boundary of the unit. From the north, ~2 miles west of Brewster on Highway 97, turn right on Indian Dan Road. Proceed ~1.25 mile to the entrance sign.
Parking/Restroom Information Two parking areas. No restroom facilities.
Other Information Late winter/early spring activities in deer winter ranges are discouraged due to their impact on wintering deer.
The Unit includes a great diversity of habitat types and associated wildlife species. Indian Dan Lake, the riparian zone to the north, and surrounding shrubsteppe offer good wildlife watching opportunities.
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov