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Scotch Creek
Wildlife Area Location

CONTACT INFORMATION
Jim Olson
Manager
1514 Concunully Highway
Okanogan, WA 98840
(509) 826-4430

 
For more information on
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
is REQUIRED
on ALL WDFW Lands

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Wildlife Areas
 Index of Wildlife Areas and Units 

Scotch Creek Wildlife Area
Pogue Mountain Unit
The Pogue Mountain unitís 1,196 acres are located four miles northwest of Omak and west of the Conconully Highway. Elevations vary from 1,600 feet to 2,800 feet at the top of Pogue Mountain. The mountainous property is predominately shrub steppe and scattered conifers, with tall stands of mature big sagebrush along the lower elevations. The area was used primarily for cattle grazing and timber harvest as part of the Metcalf ranch operation prior to WDFW purchase in 1991. The unit is managed as mule deer winter range, however there are historical accounts of sharp-tailed grouse use on the lower elevations. Public access is difficult as both roads leading to the property cross private land.
Viewing Opportunities

Birds

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

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From Okanogan, Washington, take the salmon creek road approximately 8 miles. Take a right on the Green lake road and continue about another 4 miles to Green Lake. The parking and campground are on the left. The Pogue Mountain unit is steep and rugged from this direction, but this is the only access from public lands.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking, camping, restrooms, fishing and a boat launch is available at the Green Lake access site. Hiking to the more remote areas of Pogue Mountain is to the east from this campground. However only those in good physical shape should plan a trip from this direction as the hike is steep and rocky.
    Other Information
    None
    Access Site #2
    Driving Directions
    It is possible to access the Pogue Mountain unit from the Conconully Highway along Pogue flats, just 3 miles northwest of Omak. However from this direction you will need permission from private landowners as the unit is bordered on the north, east, and south by private lands.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    None
    Other Information
    None
    Unique Features
    Green Lake offers camping and fishing adjacent to the 1,196 acre wildlife unit.
    Other Information

    Hunting
    Opportunities for hunting game animals include mule deer, white-tailed deer, quail, ruffed grouse, blue grouse, black bear, cougar, and bobcat. Hunting seasons vary depending on species and weapon choice, consult Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hunting regulations for seasons and dates.

    Fishing
    There are no fish bearing waterways on Pogue Mountain. Fishing opportunities with in driving distance-offering fishing include, Blue Lake (Limebelt), Green Lake and Little Green Lake.

    Name Boat Launch Toilet Camp Special Information
    Blue Lake - Limebelt X   X Car top launch only
    Green Lake X X X  
    Little Green Lake X X    

    Additional fishing opportunities can be found on the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area to the north and both 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
    The Pogue Mountain unit offers pack-in style camping. Firewood can be gathered from downed dead wood only and must remain on the wildlife area. Campfire 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. Additional developed camping opportunities can be found at Blue Lake (Limebelt), Green Lake and Little Green Lake Access Areas, Conconully State Park, and the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area.

    Other Recreation
    Hiking, biking and horseback riding. Non-motorized recreational activities are allowed, however currently there are no developed trail systems on the Pogue Mountain unit. Numerous logging roads traverse this unit and can be used as trail systems, however currently there are no parking areas or off-loading facilities available. Permission from private landowners on the north, east and south boundaries of this unit must be obtained to avoid trespass complaints.

    Wildlife Observations and Photography
    Wildlife viewing and photography encompasses a vast number of wildlife species. During the winter, deer can be viewed roaming the hills with eagles and hawks soaring high above in the sky. In the spring numerous songbirds can be heard and seen.

     
    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
    DiscoverPass.wa.gov
       OTHER INFORMATION
    Scotch Creek Wildlife Area Management Plan
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
       MAPPING
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
       OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
    • Bird watching
    • Hiking
    • Horseback riding
    • Hunting
    • Mountain biking
    • Wildlife viewing
     

    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.