Le Clerc
Wildlife Area Location

Daro Palmer
34042 Hwy 20 E
Kettle Falls, WA 99141
(509) 738-4120

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Le Clerc Wildlife Area
Le Clerc Wildlife AreaThe LeClerc Creek Wildlife Area is 614 acres in one unit, located in Pend Oreille County along the east side of the Pend Oreille River, about 25 miles northwest of the town of Newport. The elevation in the vicinity varies from 2,000 feet along the Pend Oreille River to more than 3,500 feet on the ridges. The area was acquired in 1972 with federal Pittman-Robertson and State Wildlife funds to enhance habitat for big game.

Vegetation in the area is typical of mixed coniferous forest habitat. Forage re-growth following fires in 1929 resulted in a flourishing deer population during the 1930’s and 1940’s. A diversity of wildlife can be found at LeClerc Creek today, including sensitive, endangered or threatened species, from bald eagles and osprey to grizzly and black bears. In 1970, 26 elk were transplanted from Yakima to the West Branch of LeClerc Creek, with an additional release from the Hanford area in 2000.

Viewing Opportunities


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

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Moose
  • Mountain Goats
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From Newport, travel northwest on Le Clerk Creek Road for approximately 25 miles. The Wildlife Area is in four sections on the east side of the Pend Oreille River. See map for details.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    No designated parking areas, no restrooms.
    Other Information
    Area may not be accessible during winter, due to snow.
    Unique Features
    Elk feeding station. Grizzy bear recovery area.
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
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    • Bird watching
    • Camping
    • Fishing
    • Group events & tours
    • Hiking
    • Hunting
    • Nordic skiing & 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.