Johns River
Wildlife Area Location

Jim Gerchak
4686 Wishkah Road
Aberdeen, WA 98520
(360) 533-5676
(360) 538-2975 fax

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Johns River Wildlife Area
Johns River Unit
The Johns River unit is 1,500 acres located 10 miles south of Aberdeen in Grays Harbor County. The property is managed primarily for waterfowl habitat and compatible recreation.

As the waters of Johns River flow into Grays Harbor they deposit sediments that have built the salt-marsh estuary. Extensive mudflats adjoin prime freshwater cedar swamp found behind old dikes. Forest-covered hillside uplands slope in from the east and west. The several retaining dikes allow some dryland agriculture for elk and waterfowl. The most common mammals are Roosevelt elk, black-tailed deer, black bear, coyote, bobcat, muskrat, and rabbits. Birds are mostly ducks, geese, and shorebirds. A nesting Caspian tern colony is nearby and makes use of the Johns River. Crows, great blue herons, hummingbirds, robins, warblers, goldfinches, swallows, snipe, gulls, and many other small birds abound, along with forest grouse and band-tailed pigeon. Streams support whitefish, trout, and salmon.

A visitor parking area, boat launch, and gated access roads and trails provide largely a walk-in experience. Hunting occurs for deer, waterfowl, elk, bear, band-tailed pigeon, and forest grouse. Waterfowl hunting is particularly popular and successful on the tidelands on nearby Markham Island. Fishing is widespread for whitefish, rainbow and cutthroat trout, sea run cutthroat, and several races of salmon. Hiking and wildlife watching trips are common on the dikes and the established trail system.

Viewing Opportunities


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

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    Drive West from Aberdeen on Hwy 105 approximately 11 miles, turn Left .1 mi. on John's River Road, Left on Game Farm Rd .1 mi. to parking area.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Restrooms available Improved parking area.
    Access Site #2
    Driving Directions
    Drive .7 miles towards Aberdeen form intersection of Hwy 105 and Johns River Road. Turn east into undeveloped parking area.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    No Restrooms. Unimproved parking area.
    Unique Features
    The Johns River Wildlife Area is a 1500 acres piece of land that lies 12 miles southwest of Aberdeen in Grays Harbor County. Two main tributaries flow into Johns River on the property; Beaver Creek on the east side, and Gold Creek on the south. Topography
    Other Information
    No overnight camping or parking.
    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
    • Boating
    • Dog walking
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Hunting
    • 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.