Chehalis
Wildlife Area Location

CONTACT INFORMATION
Jim Gerchak
Manager
4686 Wishkah Road
Aberdeen, WA 98520
(360) 533-5676
(360) 538-2975 fax

 
Wildlife Areas
Chehalis Wildlife Area
Chehalis Unit
The Chehalis unit is 531 acres located southwest of Elma. This unit is maintained for waterfowl habitat and associated recreation. Most of the land owned by WDFW is open wetland, riparian shrub habitat, or meadow/field habitat. Wildlife species known to exist in the area include the Olympic mudminnow, mink, shorebirds, wood duck, waterfowl, trumpeter swan, and osprey. Limited farming improves waterfowl forage and use of the area as does efforts to increase open water habitat.
Viewing Opportunities

Birds

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

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From Montesano, drive East on Hwy 12 7.7 miles to Schoulweller road. From Elma, drive west on Hwy 12 2.1 miles to Schoulweller road. Drive south on Schoulweller road .4 miles to parking area.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Restrooms available Handicap parking available
    Unique Features
    State highway 12 borders the area on the north. To the west the area is bordered by Hansen Creek and to the south by Vance Creek. The area is approximately 527 acres in size. A rock quarry is located on the northeast border of the wildlife area and agricultural land surrounds much of the rest of the area. Most of the land owned by the Department is best characterized as open wetland, riparian shrub habitat, or meadow/field habitat. The habitats are interspersed and thus, allow for an abundance of species. Species known to exist in the area include the Olympic mud minnow, mink, shorebirds, wood duck, waterfowl, trumpeter swan, and osprey. Limited farming improves waterfowl forage and use of the area as does efforts to increase open water habitat.
    Other Information
    Some trails also exist for hiking, but flooding, which is common in the area, may restrict access at times. Disabled acess trail to disabled hunting blind
     
       OTHER INFORMATION
    Chehalis Wildlife Area Management Plan
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
       MAPPING
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
       OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
    • Bird watching
    • Boating
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • 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.