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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

Learn more

 
Wildlife Areas
 Index of Wildlife Areas and Units 

Wells Wildlife Area
Washburn Island Unit
The Washburn Island unit includes about 250 acres of land. It is located on the Colville Indian Reservation adjacent to Wells Pool and is owned by the Douglas County PUD. The largest wetland system in the Wells Wildlife Area occurs here. This wetland and Washburn Pond was created by the construction of two causeways on the north and south ends of the island. Washburn Pond and Wells Pool provide habitat for waterfowl and other water birds. Bald eagles, American white pelicans, ospreys, long-billed curlews and Sandhill cranes visit this unit and adjacent pool. Grain food plots are grown annually for waterfowl forage. Upland game birds occurring on the unit include ring-necked pheasant, California quail and grey partridge.

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


Viewing Opportunities

Birds

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

  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From Highway 97, about 3 miles east of Brewster, proceed southeast on Highway 17 for about 1/4 mile. Take the first right and drive south about 1/2 mile.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Limited parking. No room for trailers.
    Access Site #2
    Driving Directions
    From Highway 97 east of the Okanogan River Proceed south on Highway 17 about 1 mile. Turn south on dirt road at wide spot about 1/2 mile.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking and restroom (pit toilet) available.
    Unique Features
    The Washburn Island Unit is located on the Colville Reservation. Hunting on this area requires a Colville Tribe hunting permit.
     
    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
    • Dog walking
    • Hiking
    • Horseback riding
    • Hunting
    • Nordic skiing and snowshoeing
    • 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.