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Chelan
Wildlife Area Location

CONTACT INFORMATION
Ron Fox
Manager
3860 Chelan Hwy N
Wenatchee, WA 98801
509-665-3383
509-662-0452 FAX

 
For more information on
Wildlife Areas, please contact
the WDFW Wildlife Program.

Phone: 360-902-2515
E-mail: wildthing@dfw.wa.gov

 

Parking Information
A Discover Pass or
Vehicle Access Pass
is REQUIRED
on ALL WDFW Lands

Learn more

 
Wildlife Areas
 Index of Wildlife Areas and Units 

Chelan Wildlife Area
Chelan Butte Unit
The Chelan Butte Unit includes 9,097 acres of land located between Lake Chelan and the Columbia River. Bighorn sheep released in 2004 are now well established on the area and can be seen regularly. Upland game birds using the area include chukar, grey partridge, blue grouse and California quail. Many miles of roads are closed to motorized vehicles offer good hiking and mountain biking, skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. WDFW has restored about 100 acres of abandoned agricultural fields to shrubsteppe habitat on Chelan Butte and will be restoring an additional 1,200 acres between 2009 and 2015.
Viewing Opportunities

Birds

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

  • Bear
  • Bighorn sheep
  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From Alternate Hy 97 in Chelan (W. Woodin Ave.), Turn south on Millard Street/Chelan Butte Rd. Toward the Chelan Butte Lookout about 1.5 miles
    Parking/Restroom Information
    None
    Other Information
    Late winter/early spring activities in deer winter ranges are discouraged due to their impact on wintering deer.
    Access Site #2
    Driving Directions
    From Alternate Hy 97 about 7 miles south of Chelan turn east on dirt road about 1.25 miles. The area lies to the right.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    None
    Other Information
    Late winter/early spring activities in deer winter ranges are discouraged due to their impact on wintering deer.
    Unique Features
    The area lies between the Columbia River and Lake Chelan and provides great views. One of the most popular hang gliding and parasailing site in the world is located on Chelan Butte. The Lucas brick house located in Brickhouse Canyon is on the National Register of Historical Places.
     
    The Discover Pass - Your ticket to Washington's great outdoors
    A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass is required on all WDFW lands.
    Learn more at
    DiscoverPass.wa.gov
       OTHER INFORMATION
    Chelan 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
    • 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.