Columbia Basin
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Chad Eidson
6653 Road K NE
Moses Lake, WA 98837
(509) 765-6641

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Columbia Basin Wildlife Area
Goose Lakes Unit
The Goose Lakes unit is 3,546 acres just south of Potholes Reservoir. It consists of channeled scabland created by glacial floodwaters, and basalt outcroppings forming cliffs, mesas, box canyons and potholes. One major canyon is filled with water that has seeped from the Potholes Reservoir north of this unit. Two low rock dams were built in the 1950's to create Upper and Lower Goose lakes. A long history of range fire has turned almost all of this area into grassland. Both lakes have steep, rocky shorelines with very little wetland habitat. WDFW maintains graveled access roads and two boat launches and parking areas primarily for public fishing. A small stream flows southward from Lower Goose Lake and feeds Black Lake. The outlet of Black Lake flows into Crab Creek on Columbia National Wildlife Refuge lands. Another small lake, Shoofly Lake, is just west of Black Lake and is fed by seepage from the western part of this unit. A long narrow wetland and big sage/bluebunch wheatgrass exist on the west side of this unit.
Viewing Opportunities


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

  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From Moses Lake, Go south on SR 17, about 1.5 miles south of I-90 Exit 179, to county Road M SE. Take Road M SE six miles to State Highway 262. Turn west on Hwy. 262 and go two miles to the gravel road at the southeast end of O'Sullivan Dam. This gravel road leads into the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. About three miles south of Hwy. 262, the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge road connects to WDFW's Upper Goose Lake access road. This access road ends on the south side of the lake, about one mile from the intersection.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    The Upper Goose Lake access road leads to a primitive parking area with a concrete boat ramp on the south side of Upper Goose Lake.
    Access Site #2
    Driving Directions
    From Moses Lake, proceed to Hwy. 262 as described above. Take Hwy. 262 west from Road M SE about seven miles, across O'Sullivan Dam and past MarDon Resort, to county Road H SE. Take Road H SE over the west end of Frenchman Hills and south about four miles to Kulm Road. Turn east (left) on Kulm Road and proceed one mile to the entrance of the Goose Lakes Unit. This WDFW maintained gravel road provides vehicle access to Lower Goose Lake. There are two primitive parking areas and a gravel boat ramp at the lake.
    Unique Features
    The Goose Lakes Unit is within the scenic Drumheller Channeled Scablands where some unique geological features can be seen.
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