The Soda Springs unit consists of about 13,000 acres in mostly contiguous parcels. About 2,100 acres are managed jointly between WDFW and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This unit is managed to preserve and enhance habitat for game species, primarily black-tailed deer and wild turkeys. Western gray squirrels, which are a threatened species in the state, also can be found on this unit. Hunting, camping, hiking and wildlife watching are popular activities.
Birds of Prey
How to Get Here
Map and Driving Directions
Access Site #1
Driving Directions From Goldendale, drive 9.5 mi. west on State Highway 142 to intersection with the Glenwood Highway. Turn NW on the Glenwood Highway and drive 4 mi. to intersection with Soda Springs Road. Turn west on Soda Springs Rd. to access the main system of roads on this unit. The first .25 mi. of road crosses private land; WDFW land lies beyond that. Be aware of boundaries of private land inholdings farther in on Soda Springs Rd.
Parking/Restroom Information Parking is to occur along the roads and in areas used for camping. There are no restroom facilities in this area.
Other Information Overnight camping is permitted. Campfires are permitted except during the seasonal burn ban, which usually is from June 1 to October 30. Seasonal road closures on three roads are in place from November 1 to April 14; during that time, the areas behind the gates are open to nonmotorized access only.
Access Site #2
Driving Directions From Goldendale, drive 9.5 mi. west on State Highway 142 to intersection with the Glenwood Highway. Turn NW on the Glenwood Highway and drive about 5.3 mi. to intersection with Grayback Road (unmarked - to the right). A more primitive road, the North Breaks Road, intersects the Glenwood Highway to the left. Both roads go onto state land adjacent to the highway.
Parking/Restroom Information Parking is to occur along the roads and in camping areas. There are no restroom facilities in this area.
Other Information Overnight camping is permitted. Campfires are permitted except during the seasonal burn ban, which usually is June 1 to October 30.
Groves of large oak trees are present along Sheep Canyon Rd. and along the Glenwood Highway near Stinson Flat Campground.
Hunting Information: Deer hunting and turkey hunting are two of the most popular uses of this unit, along with fishing on the Klickitat River. All of this unit is open to hunting with the exception of areas posted as Safety Zones. Safety Zones are posted around wildife area buildings and neighboring residences. Visitors should be aware that various hunting seasons occur between Sept. 1 and Dec. 15. Also, spring turkey hunting season runs from mid-April to the end of May. Anticipate hunting activity on this unit and employ appropriate safety precautions.
Boating & Restrooms: Boat ramps and restroom facilities are located at the Leidl Park and Stinson Flat Campgrounds.
Camping: Camping in upland areas is permitted, provided that visitors use established camping sites. Contact the wildlife area headquarters at 509-773-4459 for more information on upland camping spots. Visitors to all camping areas are required to pick up after themselves; no garbage collection facilities are available.
Wildlife Viewing: Wildlife may be viewed from roads or during cross-country walks. There is no designated wildlife feeding area.
Hiking: There are no developed hiking trails, however the open nature of the country is conducive to dispersed hiking. Wildlife area service roads, which are closed to motorized travel by the public, are available for hiking.
Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing: Snowfall depth varies from year to year. The time most suitable for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing is January. Adequate snow depth is less dependable in December and February.
Horseback Riding: Horseback riding is permitted on this unit between May 1 and December 15. Riders are encouraged to stay on roads. (Horses are allowed on roads that are closed to motorized access.) Most of the watering sites are seasonally available. After June 1, many become dry.
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov