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Swanson Lakes
Wildlife Area Location

CONTACT INFORMATION
Juli Anderson
Manager
19602 Seven Springs Road
Creston, WA 99117
(509) 636-2344

 
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 

Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area
Reardan Audubon Lake Unit
Reardan Audubon Lake Wildlife Area is 277 acres of wetlands, seasonal ponds, grasslands, channeled scablands and an 80-acre lake, located on the north side of the town of Reardan in northeast Lincoln County.

Reardan Audubon Lake supports over 200 bird and other wildlife species, 12 of special concern in Washington. Birds love this shallow basin for its food-rich alkaline mudflats, especially spring and fall migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. So many birdwatchers have been coming to this site since the 1950's that it became known as "Audubon Lake."

Reardan Audubon Lake was acquired in 2006 with a state grant for critical wildlife habitat after Spokane Audubon Society and Inland Northwest Land Trust secured a purchase agreement from former landowner Susan Eastman.

Reardan Audubon Lake is part of the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail and the Great Washington State Birding Trail.

Viewing Opportunities

Birds

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

  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From US Hwy 2 at Reardan, turn north on State Hwy 231, about two blocks to Railroad Ave., turn east and continue about two blocks to Audubon Way, turn north to southside parking lot.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking lot has vault toilet, visitor information kiosk, and short (less than one-quarter mile) ADA-accessible gravel trail to viewing blind with telescopes.
    Other Information
    No overnight parking or camping. Pack it in, pack it out. No fishing (no fish in lake), no hunting or firearms, no fires or fireworks. Keep dogs and other pets on leash or leave in vehicle or at home. Discover Pass (or Vehicle Access Pass that comes with fishing or hunting license) required.
    Access Site #2
    Driving Directions
    From US Hwy 2 at Reardan, turn north on State Hwy 231, continue about one mile to Euclid Ave., turn east and continue about half-mile to northside parking lot.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking lot has vault toilet, visitor information kiosk, and short (about one-quarter mile) ADA-accessible gravel trail to viewing blind with telescopes.
    Other Information
    No overnight parking or camping. Pack it in, pack it out. No fishing (no fish in lake), no hunting or firearms, no fires or fireworks. Keep dogs and other pets on leash or leave in vehicle or at home. Discover Pass (or Vehicle Access Pass that comes with fishing or hunting license) required.
    Unique Features
    Additional grants and donations from cooperating partners, including Spokane Audubon Society, Inland Northwest Land Trust, Lincoln County Conservation District, Reardan Lions Club, and Friends of Audubon Lake, have supported restoration of grasslands to original Palouse Prairie and facility development, including north and south-side parking lots, viewing blinds with telescopes, vegetation screening along trails, and visitor information kiosks.
     
    IMPORTANT NOTICE
    WDFW is kicking off a multi-year wildlife area planning process at Swanson Lakes, Reardan Audubon Lake and Revere wildlife areas. The new management plan will address the status of wildlife species and their habitat, the progress of restoration efforts, and public recreation opportunities. Learn more >>
    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
    Swanson Lakes, Reardan Audubon Lake and Revere Wildlife Area Management Plan Development Process
    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
    • Group events and tours
    • Hiking
    • 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.