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Wildlife Area Location

Dan Peterson
54 Moe Rd.
Brewster, WA 98812
(509) 686-4305
(509) 686-7604 fax

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
on ALL WDFW Lands

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Wildlife Areas
 Index of Wildlife Areas and Units 

Wells Wildlife Area
Wells Wildlife AreaThe Wells Wildlife Area in Okanogan and Douglas counties includes 8,200 acres managed in six units. WDFW acquired the Wells Wildlife Area from the Douglas County Public Utilities District No. 1 (PUD) in a 1974 wildlife mitigation agreement as part of the Wells Hydroelectric Project. WDFW also acquired lease rights to 1,550 acres of DNR land, and BLM allowed 180 acres to be included, in the Indian Dan Canyon unit.

The primary goal for the Wells Wildlife Area initially was to enhance and manage upland game habitat and recreation, but has since broadened to include more biodiversity management. Due to low precipitation and soil types, the predominant upland habitat types on the Wells Wildlife Area are shrub-steppe and steppe. Riparian vegetation is found along creek bottoms, lakes and springs.

The Washburn Island Unit is located on the Colville Reservation. Hunting on this area requires a Colville Tribe hunting permit.

How to Get Here
For driving directions and more information on this Wildlife Area's units, please click on the links below:
  • Bridgeport Bar
  • Central Ferry Canyon
  • Indian Dan Canyon
  • Okanogan
  • Washburn Island
  • West Foster Creek
  • Wildlife Area Map
     Wildlife Area Map - Click to enlarge
    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
    Wells 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