Scotch Creek
Wildlife Area Location

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

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Scotch Creek Wildlife Area
Tunk Valley Unit
The Tunk Valley unit’s 1,399 acres are located about 12 miles northeast of Omak in the Tunk Valley of Okanogan County. Elevations vary from 1,800 feet to 3,200 feet. With gentle topography and a mostly north-facing aspect, it includes about two miles of Tunk Creek and its riparian trees and shrubs. It also has several springs and one man made pond. Most of the habitat is shrub steppe, with a small stand of timber on the steep north slope in the center of the property. A large flock of 64 sharp-tailed grouse were observed along Tunk Creek in the winter of 2003. The area also supports mule and white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, California quail, gray partridge, hawks, owls, woodpeckers and other cavity-nesting birds, and many species of songbirds. Tunk Creek has rainbow and brook trout.
Viewing Opportunities


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

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From Omak, Washington continue north on Hwy 97 approximately 5 miles and turn right into Riverside. Cross the bridge across the Okanogan river and continue 1 mile. Turn left on the Tunk Valley road and continue approximately 15 miles. Turn right at the WLA entrance sign and continue uphill to the parking area.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    The fenced and graveled parking area is large enough for trailer turn around. No restrooms available.
    Other Information
    The access road to the parking area is open July 1 - December 15.
    Other Information

    Opportunities include whitetail deer, mule deer, quail, grey partridge, ruffed grouse, blue grouse, black bear, cougar, and bobcat. Hunting seasons vary depending on species and weapon choice, 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 all Scotch Creek Wildlife Area Units.

    There are no fish bearing waters on the Tunk Valley unit. Fishing opportunities can be found at USFS Crawfish Lake on the Okanogan National Forest, just east of the wildlife area. Additional information can be obtained at the Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest Homepage. Consult Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Fishing regulations for further information on seasons and regulations.

    The Tunk Valley unit offers pack-in style camping. No developed sites are available. Firewood can be gathered from downed dead wood only and must remain on the wildlife area. Campfire 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. Developed camping is available on the Okanogan National Forest at Crawfish Lake. Additional information can be obtained at the Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest Homepage.

    Other Recreation
    Hiking, biking and horseback riding. Non-motorized recreational activities are allowed, however currently there are no developed trail systems on this unit. Farm roads cross the unit and provide the only “trail “ system on the area. Established parking areas allow access for cars, as well as room for truck and trailer turnaround.

    Wildlife Observations and Photography
    Wildlife viewing and photography encompasses a vast number of wildlife species. During the winter, deer can be viewed roaming the hills with eagles and hawks soaring high above in the sky. Elk and moose have been occasionally observed on this unit, however extremely rare in Okanogan County. Wintering upland birds and waterfowl can be seen in the riparian areas and beaver ponds along Tunk Creek, and in the spring numerous songbirds can be heard and observed.

    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
    • 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.