Columbia Basin
Wildlife Area Location

CONTACT INFORMATION
Greg Fitzgerald
Manager
6653 Road K NE
Moses Lake, WA 98837
(509) 765-6641
colbaswa@dfw.wa.gov

 
Wildlife Areas
Columbia Basin Wildlife Area
Sprague Lake Unit
The Sprague Lake unit is 675 acres of mainly wetlands, with good riparian habitat along part of the lake. Cow Creek flows through the western portion of the unit. The wetlands are protected under the federal Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP). The uplands are protected under a WDFW Conservation Easement with neighboring Hercules Ranch. Uplands have historically been grazed by cattle, but are in fair condition, with stiff sage and Sandburg bluegrass dominating the numerous shallow soil rock outcroppings, and big sage with basin wild rye occupying the small depressions with deeper soils. Wildlife use is diverse, from songbirds to mule deer. WDFW maintains a boat launch and parking area.
Viewing Opportunities

Birds

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

  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From Moses Lake, Go east on I-90 about 66 miles to Exit 245. Take Exit 245 to Hwy. 23 and go south on Hwy. 23 about one mile to the street that goes through the town of Sprague. At the west side of Sprague, Main Street becomes Max Harder Road through Lincoln County then Danekas Road in Adams County. Follow this road west about seven miles from Sprague to the gravel access road that leads into the east end of the WDFW's Sprague Lake Unit.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    The gravel access road described above provides vehicle access to two parking areas, an interpretive trail, a gravel boat ramp and an outhouse.
    Unique Features
    The east end of the Sprague Lake Unit boasts an interpretive trial with a kiosk, informational signs and a gazebo covered veiwing platform. 1000 feet of ADA compliant trail is available.
     
       OTHER INFORMATION
    Columbia Basin 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
    No activities currently listed for this Unit.
     

    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.