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Cowlitz
Wildlife Area Location

CONTACT INFORMATION
Mark Grabski
Manager
P.O. Box 758
Morton, WA 98356
(360) 496-6223

 
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

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Wildlife Areas
 Index of Wildlife Areas and Units 

Cowlitz Wildlife Area
Peterman Ridge Unit
The Peterman Ridge unit is the largest on the Cowlitz Wildlife Area, with 6,840 acres south of Morton. It is managed for the pileated woodpecker (a sensitive species), black-tailed deer, and Douglas squirrels. Its forested wetland areas on Peterman Ridge also provide habitat for beaver, amphibians and other wetland- dependent species. Wildlife use throughout the unit is diverse, including elk, black bear, cougar, grouse, and turkey.
Viewing Opportunities

Birds

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

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From I-5: Head east on Highway 12 (27.3mi), Turn right onto Highland Valley Road (404ft), Continue on Peterman Hill Road (0.9mi), Turn left into trailhead parking lot.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking at trailhead Restrooms at trailhead
    Other Information
    Vehicular traffic may be restricted during periods of high fire risk.
    Unique Features
    There is approximately 10 miles of multiuse trail. The trail is composed of single track trail connecting forest roads. A variety of habitats and species can be found on this 6,855 acre unit -- the largest unit on the Cowlitz Wildlife Area. There are trout fishing opportunities on this unit as well.
    Other Information
    Logging traffic is possible throughout the year so caution is advised. This is also a popular location for fall big game hunts so non-hunting users should take appropriate precautions.
     
       OTHER INFORMATION
    Cowlitz 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
    • Camping
    • Dog walking
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Horseback riding
    • Hunting
    • Mountain biking
    • Target shooting/trap shooting/archery
    • 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.