Wildlife Area Location

Dan Peterson
54 Moe Rd.
Brewster, WA 98812
(509) 686-4305
(509) 686-7604 fax

Wildlife Areas
Wells Wildlife Area
Indian Dan Canyon Unit
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.
Viewing Opportunities


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

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    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.
    Unique Features
    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.
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
    Green Dot Maps
    • Bird watching
    • Camping
    • Dog walking
    • Hiking
    • Horseback riding
    • Hunting
    • Mountain biking
    • Nordic skiing and snowshoeing
    • Trapping
    • Wildlife viewing

    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.