ADA Hunting and wildlife-viewing blinds

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There are a number of ADA designated hunting and wildlife-viewing blinds throughout Washington that are accessible to people with disabilities.

General information

All able-body hunters should yield ADA hunting/wildlife viewing blinds to a hunter with a disability if the blind was reserved in advance. They should also yield or be willing to share it if a hunter with a disability is there at least 1 1/2 hours prior to daylight.

Anyone with WDFW Disability Status and issued a DOL disabled license plate or blue parking placard for an ambulation disability, has preference over able-body hunters at ADA blinds.

Access for hunting has preference over wildlife viewing during the waterfowl hunting seasons.

ADA Blinds that are not reserved in advance with a land manager should be occupied at least 1 1/2 hours prior to daylight.

Most of the duck and goose blinds are custom-made of fiberglass, wood, or aluminum. They are a minimum of 5 feet deep and 7 feet wide, with a lower front made to shoot over when seated, and a roof over the back half that protects the user from foul weather. Some blinds or goose pits are made of wood and were built on-site. All blinds are located on a compacted gravel path or have a vehicle drop-off or parking area nearby, and all are designed to be wheelchair accessible. Conditions and maintenance in the outdoor environment changes from year-to-year, so be prepared for a challenge.

Blinds will comfortably accommodate one shooter in a wheelchair and two other people, a dog, and hunting gear; or, two wheelchairs and one person with gear and dogs. The wooden ground-level goose pits have ramps down into them. Most blinds are installed permanently on the site, but some are moved in and out each year due to flooding.

Report any major damage or vandalism of the blinds to WDFW at 360-902-2936.

Always check the hunting regulations and rules for the area you are hunting; federal area rules may differ.

Eastern Washington (Region 1)

McNary National Wildlife Refuge

Most blinds in the refuge are walk-in only, however, the accessible blinds can be approached by vehicle for easy unloading. The blinds are primarily for ducks, but may also offer some pass shooting for geese, which are plentiful in the area.

Two blinds, inside the boundaries of the refuge, are managed by the refuge through a new advance mail-in application reservation process For more information, see this handout.

Driving directions:

  • Follow SR-12 east from Pasco for about 6 miles until you cross the Snake River bridge.
  • Go past SR-124 (turn off to Walla Walla - Waitsburg), turn left on Maple Street and follow it to the Refuge Office.

Peninsula Habitat Management Unit

This blind is managed by the McNary Refuge and is located in the Peninsula Habitat Management Unit, on a back-water bay of the Columbia River. It has a gravel drop-off area within 25 feet of the blind. An old service road into the blind is closed off with a locked gate. Decoys can be put out while wearing chest waders. A duck boat can be put in the water nearby, or a dog can help with retrieval. Disabled Hunters should occupy the blind at least 2 1/2 hours before daylight because of the competition for blinds in this area. For more information, call the McNary Refuge in advance at 509-547-4942.

Disabled Hunters should occupy the blind at least 2 1/2 hours before daylight because of the competition for blinds in this area.  Peninsula Habitat hunt information and application.

Driving directions:

  • Follow SR-12 from Pasco until you cross the Snake River bridge, then take the first right turn on Hansen Loop Road. Follow this main road around a sharp left corner and drive for about 3 miles, passing through a little community and residential housing area, until you see the Peninsula Habitat Management Unit sign and registration booth on the right.
  • Turn right on a primitive road and go down-hill across the railroad tracks to an old paved road.
  • Turn left and follow the road to a locked gate.
  • Go past the upland goose pits to where the paved road ends in the water.
  • Stay right on the gravel road and go about one-third mile to the blind on the left. A four-wheel drive vehicle is not generally needed to get to the blind.

For more information, call the McNary Refuge in advance at 509-547-4942, and see this hunting guide for additional information about USFWS hunting regulations.

North central Washington (Region 2)

Rocky Ford Creek

The duck blind is behind a locked gate on Rocky Ford Creek by an irrigation dam. The pond created by the dam provides a nice open-water area for ducks. It remains open a little longer in the winter because it has more flow than other areas. There is a gravel drop-off area beside the blind. Decoys can be put out while wearing chest waders, however, a small boat could be used if needed.

The half-mile primitive road from the locked gate to the blind is dirt, rock, and some gravel and should be useable by most vans and two-wheel drive trucks. A parking area by the gate is used mostly by walk-in hunters and fishers. A wheelchair accessible concrete vault toilet and an accessible blacktop parking space are available. The blind is open to any hunter unless reserved by disabled hunters. 

The WDFW Region 2 office in Ephrata has the key for the gate. Disabled hunters should call the office in advance at 509-754-4624 for more information.

Frenchmen Regulated Access Area

Two duck blinds are located behind a locked gate off of Road C SE, about 4 miles west of Potholes State Park. Both blinds are within the Frenchmen Regulated Access Area, where access is allowed on Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, and Management Area 4 goose hunting days during the youth hunt and regular waterfowl season.  There is a gravel drop-off area beside each blind and two designated parking locations. Decoys can be put out while wearing hip or chest waders, however, a small boat could be used if needed. Both blinds are large (6 feet deep by 12 feet wide), above-ground, enclosed wooden structures brushed in with natural materials; large shooting windows face the ponds.  A wheelchair-accessible ramp provides access into the structure. A dog box with a clip is located beside the blind.

The 1.5-mile primitive road from the locked gate to the blinds is sand and gravel and should be useable by most vans and two-wheel drive trucks.  The blind is open to any hunter unless reserved by disabled hunters. The WDFW Region 2 office in Ephrata has the key/combo for the gate. Disabled hunters should call the office in advance at 509-754-4624 for more information.

The WDFW Region 2 office in Ephrata has the key for the gate. Disabled hunters should call the office in advance at 509-754-4624 for more information.

Driving directions:

  • Driving west on I-90 from Moses Lake toward George, take exit 164 onto Dodson road and proceed south for 9.8 miles to Frenchmen Hills Road. Turn left (east) onto Frenchmen Hills Road and proceed for 4.8 miles to HWY-262. Turn left (east) on HWY-262 and proceed for 1.5 miles Road C SW. Turn left (north) on Road C SW and continue 1.2 miles to the Frenchmen Wasteway. Cross over the Frenchmen Wasteway and continue for .2 miles to a locked cable gate on the left (west) side of the road. 
  • Proceed through the locked cable gate. The first blind is located about 1.25 miles (just after the parking area for this blind) down the primitive road, hunters using this blind should drop off equipment at the blind, then proceed forward for about .25 miles to the turn-around area, then backtrack to the first parking location.
  • To access the second blind, hunters must turn right (north) at the turn-around site (located .25 miles past the first blind) and proceed for one-tenth of a mile to the blind.  Hunters using this blind should drop off equipment at the blind, utilize the turn-around area, and then backtrack to the second parking location adjacent to the project delivery ditch.

Grant County PUD - Buckshot

Grant County PUD offers several accessible facilities, including a hunting/viewing blind with dog door. This is utilized on a first-come basis.

Driving directions:

  • From I-90, go south on HWY 26 for 1 mile. Stay right an merge onto HWY 243. Go south about 11 miles passing Mattawa to Road 26 SW. Take a right onto Rd 26 SW. Follow road west to boat launch and restroom. Go north on accessible trail/boardwalk to blind.

South Central Washington (Region 3)

Sunnyside Area

There are two new blinds within the Sunnyside Wildlife Area. The water in front remains open longer during cold weather providing great opportunity for waterfowl when other ponds freeze. Use waders while putting out decoys or launch a small boat at the other end of the lake. The blinds offers duck, goose, quail and pheasant hunting. These are first-come first-serve, with disabled hunters having priority if the blind is occupied 1 1/2 hours prior to daylight. Call the Sunnyside Wildlife Area for more information and to obtain a key, 509-545-2028.

North Puget Sound (Region 4)

Cherry Valley Area

This blind is located between Duvall and Monroe in the Snoqualmie Wildlife Area and is an area that floods. Call the Area Manager at (425) 327-4869 to check conditions for the blind. The blind can be accessed by driving into the parking lot for the pheasant release site. Decoys can usually be put out while wearing hip-boots or chest-waders. Some parts of this flooded area are deep, so a dog is helpful for retrieving. Boats are not used. The surrounding area is a pheasant release site and there usually isn't water in front of the blind until mid to late November (depending on the rainfall). This is first-come first-served with disabled hunters having "priority" if the blind is occupied 1 1/2 hours prior to daylight.

Call the Area Manager at 425-327-4869 to check conditions for the blind and obtain a key.

Driving directions:

  • Going south on SR-203 from Monroe, drive about 1 mile south of the Snohomish/King County line and watch for the wildlife area on your left. Turn into the parking area and go through the gate. Follow the primitive service road (closed to unauthorized vehicles) out of the parking lot about 200 yards to a left turn, then go about 100 yards to the drop-off area next to the blind on the right.

Lake Terrell Wildlife Area

This blind is located on Lake Terrell inside the wildlife area. It is a permanent custom-designed wood structure built by the Whatcom County Chapter of the Washington Waterfowl Association. It is located on the edge of the water. There is a parking area next to a 150' gravel path which leads to the blind. To reach the blind, follow the service road behind a locked gate from the boat launch area. The blind is about .5 miles north of the launch. The lake has many boat-in only blinds around the edges. This is one of the few blinds that can be accessed without a boat. The plan is to have other agricultural field blind opportunities in the future.

Call the Wildlife Area Manager in advance at 360-384-4723 to reserve the blind and to make arrangements to obtain the key.

Driving directions:

  • Driving north on I-5 from Bellingham, take exit 262 (Ferndale) heading west. Follow the main road through town heading west on Mountain View road about 4 miles to Lake Terrell Road. Turn right and follow the road into the wildlife area near the boat launch. Go through the gate and follow this road about mile to the designated parking area on the right. There is a 150' compacted gravel trail to the blind.

Southwest Washington (Region 5)

Vancouver Lake-Shillapoo Area

Two blinds are located around the Shillapoo Wildlife Area. All goose hunters in this county must be certified by WDFW to hunt geese. Call Olympia or the WDFW Region 5 Office for information about goose testing. The one in the south unit is for geese; both are removed and replaced each season because of flooding in the area. These areas are also pheasant release sites. The blinds are installed around early December until the end of the waterfowl season. Register with the Wildlife Area Manager in the Vancouver Region 5 Office to obtain an access permit and a key for the gates. 

Call the Wildlife Area Manager in advance at 360-696-6211 to reserve the blind and make arrangements to obtain the key.

Driving directions:

  • From I-5 north of Vancouver, take the Fourth Plain Boulevard exit and head west to Fruit Valley Road.Turn right and go to Laframbois Road.Turn left. Follow the road to the Wildlife Area parking lot. The blind is usually about ½ mile from the gate depending on the level of the lake.
  • The other blind is located in the south unit of the Shillapoo Wildlife Area.
  • Follow Fourth Plain west until it turns into SR-501.At the fork in the road, go straight past the Vancouver Park entrance about two miles, watching for a gate on the left side of the road. Open the gate and go down a steep hill about 70 yards to the blind.

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

This blind is managed by and located in the refuge area. All goose hunters in this county must be certified by WDFW to hunt geese. Call Olympia or the WDFW Region 5 office for information about goose testing, and learn more about hunting on the refuge in this handout.

Call the Ridgefield Office in advance at 360-887-4106 for more information about their hunting opportunities and reservation system.

Driving directions:

  • Traveling on I-5 north of the Vancouver area, take the Ridgefield exit and go west toward the town of Ridgefield. The office is in town, not on the refuge, which is a few miles from the office.

Coastal Washington (Region 6)

Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Goose Blind

Located on refuge land in the Riekkola Unit, the blind is managed by the Willapa Refuge. Call the refuge office in advance at 360-484-3482 for more information about their hunting rules, opportunities and reservation system. This area is for goose hunting only. All goose hunters in this county must be certified by WDFW to hunt geese. Call Olympia or the Region 6 office for information about goose classes.

Driving directions:

Follow SR-101 south from Raymond and South Bend about 35 miles toward the refuge area. The office is located along SR-101 about 7 miles west of the SR-4 and SR-101 intersection. The hunting areas are in different locations away from the office.

Chehalis Wildlife Area

This blind is located in the Chehalis Wildlife Area south of Highway 12 and west of Elma. The blind is at the end of a 300' sidewalk through a wetland on the main slough. Accessible hard surface parking is available. Decoys can be put out using chest waders or a small boat. Boats can be hand launched in the parking lot under a gate when the ponds and the slough's water level is high enough. During the heavy rains and when the Satsop River is under flood alert, this blind may be under water.

Driving directions:

  • Head west on SR-8, SR-12 from Olympia towards Aberdeen and Montesano. A few miles west of Elma watch for a left turn lane and road named "Schoulwider". Turn left across the roadway and follow around a hard right corner at the end of the road. Go left 1000 yards to the end of the road into the parking lot. It looks like you are driving into a gravel rock pit, but the road is open to the public. Follow the sidewalk from the parking area to the blind.

Caution: The gravel pit behind the blind about 75 yards to the north is deep. The water appears shallow but the edge drops off quickly. Do not walk into this pond. Use a boat or dog to retrieve birds. If the water is below the front of the blind it should be shallow enough to use chest waders.

Call the Wildlife Area Manager in advance at 360-533-5676 for information about the blind. 

John's River Blind

This is a new blind located on the John's River Wildlife Area. The blind is 5/8 of a mile from the parking area on top of the dike. Parking is asphalt and the trail is level 12' wide all the way out to the blind. The blind also works well for wildlife viewing and a great photo opportunity to capture a picture of elk. This blind is first-come first-served. Disabled hunters have priority over all other users.

Call the Wildlife Area Manager in advance at 360-533-5676 for information about the blind. 

Driving directions:

  • Follow SR 105 west from Aberdeen towards Westport. At Markham just after crossing the John's River bridge, take the first left turn. Follow the road to the next intersection. Stay to the left to the end of the road. Turn right into the parking lot.