|The Scatter Creek Wildlife Area is comprised of approximately 3,592 acres in Thurston and Grays Harbor counties. This wildlife area is divided into six units named Scatter Creek, West Rocky Prairie, Black River, Skookumchuck, Glacial Heritage, and Davis Creek. Many of these units are located on tributaries that flow into the Chehalis River and contain portions of unique South Sound Prairies. WDFW acquired the wildlife area properties through support of state and federal funding sources, and by a donation.
The wildlife area is located in the Puget Sound Trough lowlands with the Cascade Mountain Range to the east, the Willapa Hills to the southwest, and the Black Hills to the northwest. Scatter Creek Wildlife Area lies on a glacial outwash plain, rimmed by low-lying hills formed by the last continental ice sheet 12,000 years ago. The units support many aquatic, forested, prairie, and wetland dependent species. This includes nongame, big game, and small game species of wildlife, as well as native fish populations, some of which are federally threatened or endangered. Each unit provides vital habitat for many common species found throughout western Washington such as deer, elk, bear, fox, bobcat, coyote, hare, raccoon, river otter, beaver, muskrat, small rodents, shrews, hawks, owls, ducks, geese, pollinators, swallows, red-winged blackbird, killdeer, woodpeckers, and a variety of song birds. In addition, units are managed either for recreation associated with fish and wildlife or for the protection of specific species and their habitats.
Scatter Creek Wildlife Area provides a variety of recreational opportunities including wildlife viewing, hunting, fishing, hunt dog training, horseback riding, boating, photography, and hiking/walking. Road and trails on the units are closed to motorized vehicles and some units have access restrictions for the public due to species protection, deed restrictions, and other management purposes.