Wildlife Area Location

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

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Sinlahekin Wildlife Area
Chiliwist Unit

The Chiliwist wildlife unit encompasses approximately 4,890 acres, located west of the town of Malott. The Bureau of Land Management owns an additional 760 acres within the wildlife unit’s boundaries. Chiliwist Creek runs west to east through the unit, which has an elevation ranging from 1,000 feet to nearly 3,100 feet on the top of Chiliwist Butte.

Habitat types include shrub-steppe, wetland, riparian, rocks and cliffs, and dry forests. An agricultural lease and a grazing permit are used on the wildlife area to manipulate vegetation to improve mule deer forage. The Chiliwist was purchased in 1977 primarily for critical mule deer wintering habitat. In addition to a healthy mule deer population, the Chiliwist also provides habitat for white-tailed deer, black bears, migratory birds, cougars, badgers and coyotes. Upland gamebird hunting is a popular activity on the wildlife area, where forest grouse, Hungarian partridge, chukar, quail and turkey can be found. Other activities enjoyed on the Chiliwist include hiking, horseback riding, bird watching and photography.

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
    Headed north from Brewster on Old Highway 97 about 2 miles southwest of Malott, turn left (west) onto Chiliwist Road. Proceed uphill about 1 mile to the Chiliwist Wildlife Area. Headed south from Malott on Old Highway 97 about 2 miles soutwest of Malott, turn right (west) onto Chiliwist Road. Proceed uphill about 1 mile to the Chiliwist Wildlife Area.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking and restroom on right (East) side of Chiliwist Rd about .3 miles past entrance to Chiliwist Wildlife Area. Additional parking at beginning of Chiliwist Butte Rd.

    See listing of Chiliwist Access Sites and Facility Information

    Other Information
    Request people avoid using roads during mud season
    Other Information
    In July 2014, the Carlton Complex Fire burned through the entire Chiliwist wildlife unit. Roads and infrastructure were significantly damaged and it will take years to rebuild what was lost. The campground adjacent to Chiliwist Road on the east side of the wildlife unit remains open with a restroom facility still available. Please be cautious of standing, burned trees which could fall at any given time.
    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
    • Dog training/trials
    • Dog walking
    • Group events and tours
    • Hiking
    • Horseback riding
    • Hunting
    • Trapping
    • 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.