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Dan Peterson
54 Moe Rd.
Brewster, WA 98812
(509) 686-4305
(509) 686-7604 fax

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Wells Wildlife Area
Central Ferry Canyon Unit
The Central Ferry Canyon Unit encompasses 1,908 acres of land located southwest of Brewster. Shrubsteppe habitat occurs extensively on this unit, providing habitat for sharp-tailed grouse, white-tailed jackrabbit, sage thrasher, sage and Brewer’s sparrows, mule deer and other wildlife. It also is suitable for sage grouse. Due to its northern aspect and elevation gain, the unit also supports a mixed forest habitat type including aspen, birch, Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife restored 300 acres of shrubsteppe habitat and planted thousands of trees and shrubs on the unit. Upland game birds occurring on the unit include ring-necked pheasant, California quail, grey partridge, blue grouse and Chukar. Sharp-tailed grouse are a protected species that can be found anywhere on the unit. Upland bird hunters are advised to be proficient at identifying these birds.
Viewing Opportunities


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

  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From Brewster, drive south on Bridge Street cross the Columbia River, turn right at "T" on Crane Rd., proceed ~3.25 miles west on Crane Rd. to Central Ferry Canyon Rd., proceed ~ 1.75 miles south to the north boundary of the unit
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Two major parking areas. Several pull offs. No restroom facilities.
    Unique Features
    The Unit includes a diversity of habitat types and associated wildlife species. Water birch and other woody species provide winter habitat for sharp-tailed grouse.
    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 walking
    • Hiking
    • Horseback riding
    • Hunting
    • Mountain biking
    • Nordic skiing and snowshoeing
    • 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.