The Wynoochee Mitigation unit is 1,030 acres located 25 miles north of Montesano in Grays Harbor County. The unit lies along the Wynoochee River. It is owned by Tacoma Power and has been managed by WDFW since 1992 as mitigation for the loss of habitat from the Wynoochee dam and reservoir. This unit is managed as elk winter forage habitat.
Birds of Prey
How to Get Here
Map and Driving Directions
Access Site #1
Driving Directions This area consists of numerous land parcels scattered through out the Wynoochee River drainages. To access these areas please you the online mapping feature on the WDFW website.
Parking/Restroom Information No Restrooms. No improved parking.
The Wildlife Area consists of forests and small fields, which are scattered among small, private tree farms, DNR land, and corporate timberlands. Various streams wind their way through forests. Vegetation includes Douglas fir and big-leaf maple as the primary tree species. Lower canopy and groundcover species including trailing blackberry, salmonberry, fireweed, vine maple, cascara, salal, and other valuable, herbaceous forage plants. Although the purchase of the area was intended for management of elk, management has also increased upland bird use and provides habitat for various other species of wildlife. Bald eagles frequent the area and ruffed and blue grouse are common. Salmon and other fish species occupy the rivers. These areas are popular during hunting season and used though out the year for hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing.
No overnight camping or parking
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov