Wildlife Area Location

Justin Haug
P.O. Box C
Loomis, WA 98827
(509) 223-3358

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Sinlahekin Wildlife Area
Carter Mountain Unit
Carter Mountain wildlife unit includes 2,000 acres located 7 miles south of Tonasket. An additional 240 acres of land owned by the Bureau of Land Management are located within the unit’s boundaries. The terrain varies from broad valleys to rugged, rocky hillsides. Habitat types include shrub-steppe, dry grassland, and dry-mixed conifer forest. Agriculture and grazing have been used to improve vegetation for mule deer. The property was purchased in phases from 2008 through 2012 for mule deer wintering habitat. The unit supports a variety of wildlife including black bears, migratory birds, cougars, bobcats and golden eagles. Mule deer draw hunters to this unit each fall.
Viewing Opportunities


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

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions

    From Tonasket via North Pine Creek Rd – From Tonasket, west on 4th Ave across Okanogan River to the Hwy 7 Junction. Turn left (south) on Hwy 7 and proceed 1 mile to North Pine Creek Road. Turn right (west) and drive 5 ½ miles to parking area on left side of road. Look for reader board adjacent to parking area.

    From Tonasket via Highway 97 – From Tonasket, drive south on Hwy 97 approximately 7 ¼ miles. Turn right onto gravel road just past wide pull-out lined with poplar trees and proceed about 100 yards to parking area on right. Do not drive uphill past signs – WDFW vehicle access only.

    Parking/Restroom Information
    There are two unimproved access areas used when visiting Carter Mountain – no restrooms are currently available. The first site is adjacent to Highway 97, approximately 1 mile south of Janis Bridge (where Hwy 97 crosses the Okanogan River) on the west side of the highway. The second site is on the west boundary of the wildlife area adjacent to North Pine Creek Road, 7 miles southwest of Tonasket.
    Other Information
    Private property borders a significant portion of the Carter Mountain Unit. Please respect private property and heed to posted signs where vehicle access is not permitted.
    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
    • 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.