Wildlife Area Location

Ron Fox
3860 Highway 97 A
Wenatchee, WA 98801
509-662-0490 FAX

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Chelan Wildlife Area
Swakane Unit
The Swakane Unit covers 10,939 acres of land located north of Wenatchee including Burch Mountain, Swakane Canyon, and Tenas George Canyon. Small wetlands occurring in the Swakane Canyon bottom are associated with beaver activity and springs. Important mule deer wintering habitat occurs on the area and the Swakane bighorn sheep herd uses the area year round. Upland game birds using the area include chukar, gray partridge, blue grouse, ruffed grouse and California quail. Pheasant releases are made each fall to provide additional hunting opportunity. WDFW began restoration of 100 acres of abandoned fields to shrubsteppe habitat in the Swakane Canyon bottom in 2011. Additional habitat restoration and maintenance activities will continue on these fields until at least 2021.
Viewing Opportunities


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

  • Bear
  • Bighorn sheep
  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    North from Wenatchee on Alternate Highway 97 about 1.4 miles past Rocky Reach Dam, turn west on Swakane Canyon Road west approximately 1.2 miles to a parking area with informational kiosk. Forest Service Road 7415 continues west through the unit.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    A parking area and informational kiosk are located at the entry to the unit. Additional parking is available at pulloffs along Forest Service Road 7415 that passes through the unit. An informal parking area is also located at the junction of Forest Service Roads 7415 and 5215. No restrooms are available.
    Other Information
    Motorized vehicular travel is restricted to Swakane Canyon Road and Forest Service Road 7415. Forest Service Road 5215 (Rattlesnake Grade) is closed to motorized vehicles.
    Access Site #2
    Driving Directions
    From the junction of Highway 2/97 and Easy Street, travel.25 miles north on Easy Street to East Peters Street, then east onEast Peters Street one block to Burch Mountain Road, then north on Burch Mountain Road approximately 3.2 miles to the unit boundary.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking is available at pulloffs along Burch Mountain Road that passes through the unit. No restrooms are available.
    Other Information
    Vehicular travel is restricted to Burch Mountain Road.
    Unique Features
    The Swakane Unit varies greatly in elevation and topography and as a result harbors a great diversity of wildlife and plant species. This includes several threatened and endangered plants. Bighorn sheep can be viewed on the area and provide world class hunting opportunity.
    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
    • 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.