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Wells
Wildlife Area Location

CONTACT INFORMATION
Dan Peterson
Manager
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
is REQUIRED
on ALL WDFW Lands

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Wildlife Areas
 Index of Wildlife Areas and Units 

Wells Wildlife Area
Bridgeport Bar Unit
The Bridgeport Bar Unit, partially owned by the Douglas County PUD, covers about 450 acres along the Columbia River between Brewster and Bridgeport. Wetlands and ponds on the unit and Wells Pool provide habitat for waterfowl and other water birds. Bald eagles using Wells Pool and adjacent areas primarily feed on waterfowl and carrion during the winter and on fish the rest of the year. American white pelicans, long-billed curlews and Sandhill cranes visit this pool as well. Irrigated grain food plots grown annually for waterfowl forage also provide food and cover for a variety of other wildlife species. The Department of Fish and Wildlife has developed extensive riparian habitat on the unit providing dense cover for wildlife. This has benefited many wildlife species and has lead to a substantial increase in the California quail population. Ring-necked pheasants and grey partridge also occur on the area.
Viewing Opportunities

Birds

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

  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From the town of Brewster, drive south on Bridge Street across the Columbia River. Turn left at T and proceed on Highway 173 about 1.5 miles. The unit begins at the first parking area and entrance sign to the left.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Several parking areas without restroom facilities.
    Access Site #2
    Driving Directions
    From Bridgeport, proceed north on Highway 173 about 4 miles to the first parking area past the Wells WA entrance sign. It is located before and adjacent to a fire station.
    Unique Features
    This Unit is part of the Audubon Cascade Loop Birding trail and lies adjacent to the Columbia River (Wells Pool).
    Other Information
    Hunting: Non-toxic shot area.
     
    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
    Wells 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
    • Boating
    • Camping
    • Dog walking
    • Hiking
    • Horseback riding
    • Hunting
    • Mountain biking
    • Nordic skiing and snowshoeing
    • Trapping
    • 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.