The 578-acre Mineral Springs unit is located in the Klickitat River Canyon downstream from the Soda Springs unit. Elevation rises from 500 feet at the river to 1,500 feet at the canyon rims. The area is mostly timbered with Oregon white oak, ponderosa pine, and some Douglas fir. Grasslands occur on south slopes. Running through the unit and parallel to the river are a railroad track, a state highway, and a private logging road. Wildlife include deer, grouse, turkeys, and many songbirds associated with the riparian habitat. The chimney of an old water bottling plant on the property is a roost site for Vaux’s swifts. Public use is primarily for fishing and hunting, including a boat access site with overnight camping.
Birds of Prey
How to Get Here
Map and Driving Directions
Access Site #1
Driving Directions From Klickitat, go 2.2 mi. east on State Highway 142 to the entrance of the Mineral Springs river access site.
Parking/Restroom Information Parking is permitted along the road and in camping areas. A vault toilet is maintained in the campground.
Other Information Overnight camping is permitted. Campfires are allowed except during the seasonal burn ban, usually June 1 through October 30.
One building of the old Gas-Ice Plant remains on the property, near the campground. The chimney of the building serves as a roosting site for Vaux's swifts during migration. A boat launching ramp is accessible from the campground. Swifts roost in large numbers in the chimney during their spring and fall migrations. The birds probably also use the chimney for nesting during summer.
The primary management focus for this unit is to provide access to the river for fishing, and to protect the riparian habitat along the river. A boat ramp and restroom facilities are located at the Mineral Springs Campground. The Klickitat Trail, which follows the east and south bank of the river, offers hiking and mountain biking use through this unit. The nearest parking area for the Klickitat Trail is adjacent to Schilling Road, near its junction with Horseshoe Bend Road. Rules for use of the trail are posted at the trailhead.
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov