The 920-acre Mineral Hill unit is located 2 miles southwest of Conconully along the West Fork of Salmon Creek. Elevation varies from 500 feet in the southeast corner to 3,400 feet at the northwest corner. The north slope of this unit is heavily timbered with conifer forest, while the south slope has large open stands of bunch grasses and scattered Ponderosa pine. Salmon Creek is a typical mountainous stream with 280 feet of drop in the one mile that it crosses this unit. Rusty Creek joins Salmon Creek toward the western portion of the property. These streams support resident trout, but no anadromous fish species due to a natural barrier downstream.
Birds of Prey
How to Get Here
Map and Driving Directions
Access Site #1
Driving Directions From Conconully, take the west fork salmon creek road approximately 4 miles. The 980 acre unit lies north of the forest service road. No improvements are available.
Parking/Restroom Information None
Other Information Closed in winter.
No improvements have been made on this remote unit.
Hunting opportunities include mule deer, whitetail deer, and for upland bird
hunters ruffed grouse and blue grouse. Other species include black bear, cougar,
and possibly bobcat. Hunting seasons vary depending on species and weapon of
choice, so consult the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hunting regulations
for seasons and dates.
Fishing opportunities on this unit are limited to the one mile of the West Fork
Salmon Creek. This is a typical mountainous stream with populations of native
salmonids (including rainbow trout). However access is difficult and you will
need to hike one half-mile downhill to reach the stream. Other WDFW access sites
within driving distance offering fishing include, Blue Lake (limebelt) and Green
Lake. Additional fishing opportunities can be found on the Sinlahekin Wildlife
Area to the north and both the upper and lower Conconully reservoirs. Consult
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Fishing Regulations for further information
on seasons and the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area Homepage.
Camping is permitted adjacent to established roads, however that is limited
in this area. No developed sites are available. USFS camping sites are close
by and might be preferable in the Mineral Hill area. Firewood can be gathered
from downed dead wood only and must remain on the wildlife area unit. Fire restrictions
are governed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources and Okanogan
County. Consult WDNR website for up to date fire restrictions. Length of stay
is limited to 14 days.
Hiking, biking and horseback riding. Non-motorized recreational activities are
allowed, however currently there are no developed trail systems on this unit.
Old logging roads that traverse the Mineral Hill unit can be used as “trails”,
and can be accessed from either road crossing the area. No parking or off loading
facilities are available.
Wildlife Observations and Photography
Wildlife viewing and photography encompasses a vast number of wildlife species.
The greatest diversity of wildlife will be found along Salmon Creek, with its
diversity of vegetation. Many songbirds use this area in the spring. This is
mid-elevation for mule deer and they can be found here primarily during the
spring and fall migrations.
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov