Wildlife Area Management Plans

Swanson Lakes, Reardan Audubon Lake and Revere Wildlife Areas


Management Plan

Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area Management Plan (Including Revere and Reardan Audubon Lake Wildlife Areas)

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Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area

Revere Wildlife Area

Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area Advisory Committee

2006 Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area Management Plan
Management Plan Progress Reports:
2012 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

2015 Swanson Lakes and Revere Wildlife Areas Management Plan
(Including Reardan Audubon Wildlife Area Unit)

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) revised the management plan for Swanson Lakes and Revere wildlife areas in 2015.  The new plan, which was developed through a public process, addresses the status of wildlife species and their habitat, the progress of restoration efforts, and public recreation opportunities. The plan covers management activities for three distinctly different landscapes:

  • The Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area includes 21,000 shrub-steppe acres purchased in 1993 to protect populations of threatened sharp-tailed and sage grouse and other species. The property is adjacent to U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands and was purchased with Bonneville Power Administration funds set aside to mitigate for wildlife losses from construction of Grand Coulee Dam.
    • The Reardan Audubon Lake Unit, managed as a separate unit of the Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area, includes 277 acres of wetlands, grasslands and a lake that support over 200 bird species. It is a very popular bird-watching site and is listed on Audubon Washington's Great Washington State Birding Trail and the Ice Age Floods Institute National Geologic Trail. The site was acquired in 2006 with a state grant and help from the Spokane Audubon Society and the Inland Northwest Land Trust.
  • The Revere Wildlife Area includes 2,291 acres of Palouse grassland and shrub-steppe. It was acquired in 1992 with Lower Snake River dam construction habitat mitigation funds from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Revere supports mule deer, upland game birds, raptors and other wildlife.

Every eight to 10 years, WDFW revises management plans for each of its 33 wildlife areas to document current conditions, address new agency initiatives, and identify new management priorities and actions. In between those major revisions, WDFW updates plans every two years to outline short-term objectives and accomplishments.