Scotch Creek
Wildlife Area Location

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Jim Olson
Manager
1514 Concunully Highway
Okanogan, WA 98840
(509) 826-4430

 
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Scotch Creek Wildlife Area
Charles and Mary Eder Unit

Charles and Mary Eder unit consists of 5,739 acres east of the town of Oroville and Osoyoos Lake. The previous owner has lifetime agreement with the department to farm 748 acres at the center of the unit.

The unit shares border with Canada to the north. Private landowners have gradually begun building homes to the east and south. Fruit orchards and vineyards can be found to the west of the wildlife unit.

The unit’s lands are predominately shrub-steppe habitat, with riparian habitat along Nine-mile and Tonasket creeks. The low elevation, 1,200 to 2,800 feet, and relatively mild winters attract large numbers of migratory deer, raptors and other wildlife.


Viewing Opportunities

Birds

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

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    Go north on Highway 97 in central Washington to the town of Oroville. In the center of town, turn right on Central Avenue for .3 mi, turn left on Cherry Street, which turns into Chesaw Road. Continue another .4 mi and turn left on Eastlake Road. Continue 1.6 mi and turn right onto Eder Road, county road enters the wildlife area in .5 mi.
    Unique Features
    The Eder unit is an important wintering area for both mule deer and white-tailed deer. Deer migrate from three directions in the Okanogan Highlands when winter snowfall forces them to lower elevations. The shrub-steppe habitats east of Osoyoos Lake are critical wintering grounds for several hundred deer each winter.
    Other Information

    Hunting
    The area is managed as a quality hunting area thereby limiting the number of hunters that can access the property during the respective deer seasons. Permits are drawn each August for modern firearm, archery, muzzleloader, late whitetail, and youth permits. The area is open for public use at all other times of the year, and hunting for upland birds and small game are open per pamphlet regulations.

    Fishing
    The only area open for fishing is the canyon area of Nine mile Creek. Resident trout are present, however access to this area is difficult due to the private lands on both sides of Eder road, which does not access the wildlife area past the entry cattle guard.

    Camping
    Camping is limited to the reader board site at the entrance to the wildlife area. This is the only access road to the area, as the rest of the perimeter is bordered with private property.

    Other Recreation
    Hiking, biking and horseback riding. Non-motorized recreational activities are allowed, however currently there are no developed trail systems. Two-track farm roads cross the area in several locations and are used as trail routes. Just inside the entrance on Eder road is a pedestrian trail, intended to access the north half of the wildlife area. This trail crosses private property in route to public lands north of the hay field.

    Wildlife Observations and Photography

     
       OTHER INFORMATION
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
       MAPPING
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
    Green Dot Maps
       OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
    • Bird watching
    • Camping
    • Fishing
    • 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.