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Tom McCoy
350 Bear Creek Road
Winthrop, WA 98862
(509) 996-2559

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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
on ALL WDFW Lands

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Wildlife Areas
 Index of Wildlife Areas and Units 

Methow Wildlife Area
Big Buck Unit
The Big Buck unit is 5,150 acres to the north and west of the confluence of the Twisp and Methow rivers, the southeast corner about a mile northwest of Twisp. The area is bordered on the west by USFS and DNR land, and on the north, east and south by private land. Although some mule deer winter here, it is primarily used as spring and fall range for deer migrating to and from summer ranges in the Twisp River drainage and the Sawtooth Wilderness. Habitats and vegetation vary from heavily timbered areas (Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir) on the north facing aspects, to open shrub steppe (bitterbrush, sagebrush, and bunch grasses) on the south and east facing slopes. Riparian vegetation dominates around lakes, ponds and streams. Key habitat for biodiversity includes Deadhorse, Shaw and Aspen lakes and Peters Puddles.
Viewing Opportunities


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

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    Twisp River Road, right on Frost Rd. enter the Wildlife Area 1 mile up road.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking at and before Shaw Lake. no restrooms.

    See listing of Methow Access Sites and Facility Information

    Access Site #2
    Driving Directions
    Twisp River Road, right on Elbow Coulee Road. Walk in access from Elbow Coulee Road for approximately the next 3 miles.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    No specific parking area. No restrooms.

    See listing of Methow Access Sites and Facility Information

    Other Information
    See photos of Aspen Lake, Scott Canyon, Deadhorse Lake.
    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
    Methow Wildlife Area Management Plan
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
    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.