W.T. Wooten
Wildlife Area Location

CONTACT INFORMATION
Bob Dice
Manager
1049 Port Way
Clarkston, WA 99403
509-758-3151 Office
509-758-9151 Fax

 
Wildlife Areas
W.T. Wooten Wildlife Area
W.T. Wooten Wildlife AreaThe William T. Wooten Wildlife Area is approximately 16,000 acres and is managed as one unit. It is located in Columbia and Garfield counties, 25 miles east of Dayton and 14 miles south of Pomeroy. About 17 miles of the Tucannon River are located within the boundaries. Elevations range from 4,100 feet on Hopkins Ridge, down to 1,800 feet on the lowest section of the Tucannon River.

Acquisition took place mainly between 1941 and 1943 to both minimize conflicts between wildlife and livestock and preserve habitat for wildlife and outdoor recreation. In the 1950ís, eight artificial lakes were created to improve fishing opportunities.

Lands in and around the Tucannon River are historic wintering areas for big game and receive year-round use by a variety of game and non-game species of wildlife, from black bears to wild turkeys. Camp Wooten, an Environmental Learning Center, was established in 1949 and is located on WDFW land leased and operated by the State Parks and Recreation Commission.

The Tucannon River drainage is designated critical habitat for three federally endangered species --steelhead, Chinook salmon, and bull trout.


Viewing Opportunities

Birds

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

  • Bear
  • Bighorn sheep
  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Butterflies
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Spawning Salmon
  • Wildflowers
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From Dayton: Travel East on Highway 12 approximately 16 miles to Tucannon River Road. Turn Right and follow Tucannon River Road for approximately 24 miles. Wildlife Area boundary and interpretive sign mark the beginning of WDFW land.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Numerous day-use, camping, and lake parking areas are along Tucannon River Road. There are also numerous restroom facilites available to the public.
    Other Information
    The wildlife area is open year-round. Traffic is restricted to the main roads.
    Access Site #2
    Driving Directions
    From Pomeroy: Follow Highway 12 west approximatley 14 miles to the intersection of Tucannon River Road. Turn Left on Tucannon River Road and follow Tucannon River Road for approximately 24 miles. Wildlife Area boundary and interpretive sign mark the beginning of WDFW land.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Numerous day-use, camping, and lake parking areas are along Tucannon River Road. There are also numerous restroom facilites available to the public.
    Other Information
    Numerous day-use, camping, and lake parking areas are along Tucannon River Road. There are also numerous restroom facilites available to the public.
    Unique Features
    The wildilfe area has 8 man-made lakes for a put and take trout fishery. Fishing season begins March 1st of each year. There is an interpretive sign at the entrance to the Wildlife Area and also a wildlife viewing area. Deer are commonly seen feeding in the fields near the headquarters buildings in the evenings.
     
     
      FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT
    W.T. Wooten Floodplain Management Plan
    IMPORTANT NOTICE

    Campgrounds 9 & 6 are CLOSED
    These campgrounds are being relocated out of the floodplain. Three new campgrounds are being constructed to replace the closure of these two campgrounds. The work is projected to be done this fall and the new campgrounds will be open as soon as construction is completed. Please call 509-843-1530 with questions.


    Changes to Tucannon River fishery regulations


    Public conduct rules for WDFW Lands restrict the discharge of firearms within 500 feet of any of the 10 designated campgrounds for the Wooten Wildlife Area. See locations for all 21 WDFW designated campgrounds here.

       OTHER INFORMATION
    W.T. Wooten 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
    • Camping
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Horseback riding
    • Hunting
    • Mountain biking
    • Nordic skiing & snowshoeing
    • Dog walking
    • Wildlife viewing
    • Target shooting/trap shooting/archery
     

    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.