Scotch Creek
Wildlife Area Location

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

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Scotch Creek Wildlife Area
Chesaw Unit
The 4,351-acre Chesaw unit is in northwest Okanogan County, some four miles south of the Canadian border, about 20 miles east of Oroville. Elevations range from near 3,200 to 4,200 feet. The major habitat type is shrub steppe, with patches of conifers at higher elevations. Mary Ann Creek is a perennial stream that flows through in a southerly direction, with many active and remnant beaver dams. The creek’s flood plain is fairly wide in some areas and riparian vegetation flourishes there and along the stream channel. There are several lakes and man-made ponds, and one of the larger of the unit’s several springs is used as the source of potable water. Chesaw has one sharp-tailed grouse lek site. It also supports mule and white-tailed deer, various upland game birds, bald and golden eagles, peregrine and prairie falcons, northern goshawks, Lewis woodpeckers, and loggerhead shrikes.
Viewing Opportunities


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

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From Oroville Washington, travel east on the Chesaw road approximately 15 miles. Turn left on Mary ann Creek road, the Byers road out of Chesaw, or continue on the Bolster road. Access to the remote wildlife area is adjacent to one of these three roads. No parking lots have been developed.
    Unique Features
    No public improvements have been made to this remote area.
    Other Information
    Sharp-tailed grouse
    The shrub-steppe lands around Chesaw are home to the threatened species, the Columbian Sharp-tailed grouse. Habitat improvements have been on-going since acquisition in 1991.

    Opportunities include primarily whitetail deer and mule deer. Forest grouse hunting including ruffed grouse and blue grouse can be good for those who like to hike. Black bear and cougar are also present on the area at times. Hunting seasons vary depending on species and choice of weapon, consult Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hunting regulations for seasons and dates. Note: All lands in Washington State are closed to the taking of Sharp-tail Grouse including Chesaw and all Scotch Creek Wildlife Area Units.

    The only fish bearing waters on the Chesaw Wildlife Area is Mary Ann Creek, which provides resident trout fishing. Plans for 2006 include electro-shocking this stream to determine fish species composition and length frequencies. Other fishing opportunities can be found in nearby Myers creek, and at WDFW Molson and Sidley lakes.

    The Chesaw Unit offers pack-in style camping. Developed camping opportunities are limited. Firewood can be gathered from downed dead wood only and must remain on the wildlife area. Fire restrictions are governed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources and Okanogan County. Consult WDNR website for up to date fire restrictions. Length of stay is limited to 14 days. Undeveloped camping opportunities can be found at WDFW Molson/Sidley lake access areas.

    Other Recreation
    Hiking, biking and horseback riding:. Non-motorized recreational activities are allowed, however currently there are no developed trail systems. Farm roads and logging roads provide the only “trail” system on the area, which are closed to motorized vehicles. Access points to the wildlife area are through gates located off of Mary Ann Creek and Byers roads.

    Wildlife Observations and Photography
    Wildlife viewing and photography encompasses a vast number of wildlife species. Deer can be viewed year round in the open rolling hills with eagles and hawks soaring high above in the sky. Wintering upland birds and waterfowl can be seen in the riparian areas and beaver ponds and in the spring numerous songbirds can be heard and seen.

    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
    • Camping
    • Hiking
    • Horseback riding
    • Hunting
    • Mountain biking
    • 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.