The Washburn Island unit includes about 250 acres of land. It is located on the Colville Indian Reservation adjacent to Wells Pool and is owned by the Douglas County PUD. The largest wetland system in the Wells Wildlife Area occurs here. This wetland and Washburn Pond was created by the construction of two causeways on the north and south ends of the island. Washburn Pond and Wells Pool provide habitat for waterfowl and other water birds. Bald eagles, American white pelicans, ospreys, long-billed curlews and Sandhill cranes visit this unit and adjacent pool. Grain food plots are grown annually for waterfowl forage. Upland game birds occurring on the unit include ring-necked pheasant, California quail and grey partridge.
Birds of Prey
How to Get Here
Map and Driving Directions
Access Site #1
Driving Directions From Highway 97, about 3 miles east of Brewster, proceed southeast on Highway 17 for about 1/4 mile. Take the first right and drive south about 1/2 mile.
Parking/Restroom Information Limited parking. No room for trailers.
Access Site #2
Driving Directions From Highway 97 east of the Okanogan River Proceed south on Highway 17 about 1 mile. Turn south on dirt road at wide spot about 1/2 mile.
Parking/Restroom Information Parking and restroom (pit toilet) available.
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov