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Area 2 Bird information

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 WDFW Wildlife Areas Region 2

 

Okanogan County –

 

2006 Harvest = (Ducks - 7514) (Geese - 1826) (Pheasants - 2023) (Grouse - 15024) (Quail - 15,328)

2007 Harvest = (Ducks - 7073)  (Geese - 1200)  (Pheasants - 1544)  (Grouse - 16887)  (Quail - 11,716)

2008  = (Ducks - 5779) (Geese - 1433) (Pheas - 995) (Grouse - 16401) (Quail - 10889) (Hun -280) (Dove -4416) (Chuck - 1184)

2009 = (Ducks - 7846) (Geese - 1221) (Pheas - 1042) (Grouse - 16190) (Quail - 6721) (Hun - 358) (Dove - 1508) (Chuck - 639)

 

Tunk Valley Wildlife Area

  • Location:  North of Tonasket.  West on Tunk Creek Rd.

  • What: Pheasant, Grouse and Quail

  • How: 

Driscoll Island Wildlife Area

  • Location:  Put in a boat at the bridge southwest of Oroville on Hwy 97 From Oroville proceed south on SR 97  Watch for Public Access sign on right (west) side of hwy about .25 miles after crossing the Okanogan River. Turn right (west) just before sign and cross railroad tracks turning right into the parking lot.

  • What: Pheasant, Grouse and Quail, Ducks, Geese

  • How: The island and the surrounding lake hold ducks and geese.   

Sinlaheikin Wildlife area

  • Location:  East of Tonasket and North of Conconully

  • What: Turkeys, Grouse, Quail, and Huns

  • How: Look under the tips section for upland forest birds.   

Chelan County -

2006 Harvest = (Ducks - 9146) (Geese - 895) (Pheasants - 1507) (Grouse - 5768) (Quail - 12,699)

   2007 Harvest = (Ducks - 11,873)  (Geese - 742)  (Pheasants - 1228)  (Grouse - 5399)  (Quail - 13,545)

2008  = (Ducks - 5407) (Geese - 660) (Pheas - 764) (Grouse - 5916) (Quail - 7177) (Hun -62) (Dove -2491) (Chuckar - 1769)

2009  = (Ducks - 3471) (Geese - 388) (Pheas - 1056) (Grouse - 8205) (Quail - 9395) (Hun -66) (Dove -2263) (Chuckar - 2091)

 

Lake Chelan area

  • Location:  Big lake in the middle of the county

  • What: Waterfowl, Turkeys, Grouse, Quail, and Huns

  • How: Any of the draws coming off the back 40 miles of the lake hold most of your upland birds. Look under the tips section for upland forest birds.  For waterfowl, set up in any of the many coves and outcroppings and set dekes.  This is big water!  you need a big boat as the wind can turn the lake into enormous whitecaps.

Lake Entiat - Columbia River

  • Location:  The left hand side of the dammed portion behind Rocky Reach Dam.  There are boat launches all along Alt-97

  • What: Waterfowl

  • How: Set up in any lee side cove or jetty along the lake.  There are miles and miles of opportunities for blind building.  Do not trespass on private property, but the navigable water is wide open with tons of resident geese. 

 

Douglas County –

2006 Harvest = (Ducks - 9777) (Geese - 1082) (Pheasants - 1213) (Grouse - 280) (Quail - 13,856)

2007 Harvest = (Ducks - 6179)  (Geese - 966)  (Pheasants - 1195)  (Grouse - 237)  (Quail - 12,540)

2008 = (Ducks - 6104) (Geese - 1492) (Pheas - 838) (Grouse - 567) (Quail - 5721) (Hun -386) (Dove -2817) (Chuckar - 2116)

2009  = (Ducks - 6155) (Geese - 873) (Pheasants - 756) (Grouse - 170) (Quail - 4379) (Hun - 48) (Dove -2721) (Chuckar - 774)

 

Well’s Wildlife area

  • Location: just North of Bridgeport

  • What: Ducks and Geese

  • How: You can put in a small boat in the river here.  Hunt the islands North of the Bridgeport Bar. 

Central Ferry Canyon Unit

  • Location Four miles south of Brewster

  • What: Grouse and quail

  • How: Central Ferry Canyon is gently rolling to steeply benched, ranging from 1,350 to 2,800 feet in elevation, and has a north aspect. Minor seeps and springs feed a central drainage, which flows intermittently. Extensive fingers of riparian vegetation dissect the shrub steppe-dominated canyon. (Wdfw website) 

Douglas Creek - Duffy Creek Rec area

  • Location: Duffy Creek Douglas Creek recreation area located just north of Palisades provides an area to get into.  The recreation area is located by taking State Highway 2 about eight miles east of Waterville and follow Road H southwest down Slack Canyon into Douglas Creek creek canyon.

  • What: Ducks and Geese

  • How: There are a number of small ponds and creeks available for jump shooting or setting up for waterfowl coming in to a small deke set.

Lake Entiat - Columbia River

  • Location:  The right hand side of the dammed portion behind Rocky Reach Dam.  There are boat launches all along 97

  • What: Waterfowl

  • How: Set up in any lee side cove or jetty along the lake.  There are miles and miles of opportunities for blind building.  Do not trespass on private property, but the navigable water is wide open with tons of resident geese. 

 

Grant County –

2006 Harvest = (Ducks - 76,106) (Geese - 20649) (Pheasants - 17011) (Grouse - 0) (Quail - 14570)

2007 Harvest = (Ducks - 71,636)  (Geese - 20595)  (Pheasants - 14746)  (Grouse - 0)  (Quail - 15667)

2008  = (Ducks - 69997) (Geese - 17950) (Pheas - 11610) (Grouse - 0) (Quail - 8778) (Hun -177) (Dove -15028) (Chuckar - 745)

2009 = (Ducks - 74506) (Geese - 17065) (Pheas - 12517) (Grouse - 0) (Quail - 12598) (Hun -1833) (Dove -16589) (Chuckar - 1623)

 

Sand Dunes – Potholes Reservoir

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  • Location: North access can be had by driving to the job corps dike Which lies to the south of Moses Lake.  South access can be had by going to Potholes Sate Park boat launch.  East side access can be had on the east side of O’Sullivan dam.

  • What: Ducks and Geese

  • How: There are hundreds upon hundreds of ways to hunt this reservoir.  During times of low water, you can hunt the SE rock islands near O’Sullivan dam.  You can set up for geese which frequent this area.  Getting up into the sand dunes will vary depending on water levels of the reservoir, it stands to reason that the higher the water, the further back into the dunes you can go.  Be careful using your boat in this unit, there are a number of hidden shoals in the area and submerged debris.  The key to this unit is to hunt back away from the main channel and set up in anyone of the secluded bays particularly hunting from a blind with the wind at your back or side. Never hunt into the wind.  This is one of the units were other hunters are welcomed, there are so many areas for ducks to sit that other hunters in the area will keep ducks flying.  If the hunting is slow, go for a hike, a number of the dunes provide for great jump shooting.  Word of Caution!  You can easily get lost in this area.  Bring a GPS, Compass and any other navigation device you can think of.

Potholes reservoir picture taken late September 2010

Columbia National Wildlife Refuge

  • Location: North of Othello.  Primary access can be had by driving up McManamon rd.  or coming in from O’Sullivan Dam in to the marsh unit.

  • What: Ducks and Geese

  • How:  All these ponds and lakes hold ducks and geese. If you have a boat, set up on any of the lakes (the bigger the lake, the better) on the lee shore of any bank or island.  Be wary that water levels are weird in these lakes, you can set a decoy in 1 foot of water and 10 feet away, it could be as much as 30 feet.   Adjust your deke lines accordingly.  There are dozens of car inaccessible lakes to be had for the boot hunter.  You can take a small set of decoys into one these lake/ponds and set up on the leeward bank and pass shoot or effectively decoy.  Wonderful jump shooting can be had in this area, as well.  Pull up a Photostat picture of the area using Google maps. Hike or bike to any of these great ponds.  

Gloyd Seeps Wildlife Area

  • Location: 7 miles North of Moses Lake on J rd NE

  • What: Ducks and Geese

  • How: Set up on any significantly sized pond or eddy coming off Crab Creek.  You can jump shoot any of the hundreds of ponds in the unit.  Watch for pass shooting of ducks trading back and forth. There are no visual markers to help you get back to your vehicle. This unit is great when everything has begun to ice up in other areas.  The moving water doesn’t freeze up until much later in the season.

Lake Lenore Wildlife Area

  • Location: North of Soap Lake

  • What: Ducks and Geese and pheasant and quail

  • How: 4 lakes (Lenore, Alakli, Blue and Park) all have boat launches and provide numerous places to hunt.  The area holds tons of upland birds.  You could walk for a week throughout this unit and never hunt it all.

Stratford Wildlife Area (Billy Clapp Lake)

  • Location: 20 miles North of Moses Lake on J rd NE.

  • What: Ducks and Geese

  • How: You can boat in from the small boat launch here.  Hunt from the lee side of any outcropping or amongst the reeds.  This lake gets better when the migrant birds start coming in.  The fringe (riparian) habitat doesn't support a large number of resident ducks.

Quincy Wildlife Area

  • Location: 4 miles Northwest of George

  • What: Ducks and Geese

  • How: You can either boat in from any one of  the small boat launches here or walk around one of the lakes looking for ducks and geese coming up from the river.  You can take a small set of decoys into one these lake/ponds and set up on the leeward bank and pass shoot or effectively decoy. 

Seep Lakes

  • Location: North of Othello.  Primary access can be had by driving up McManamon rd.

  • What: Ducks and Geese

  • How: All of the seep lake lakes pull in ducks and geese.  If you have a boat, set up on any of the lakes (the bigger the lake, the better) on the lee shore of any bank or island.  Be wary that water levels are weird in these lakes, you can set a decoy in 1 foot of water and 10 feet away, it could be as much as 30 feet.   Adjust your deke lines accordingly.  There are dozens of car inaccessible lakes to be had for the boot hunter.  You can take a small set of decoys into one these lake/ponds and set up on the leeward bank and pass shoot or effectively decoy.  Wonderful jump shooting can be had in this area, as well.  Pull up a Photostat picture of the area using Google maps. Hike or bike to any of these great ponds.

Frenchman’s Wasteway

  • Location: Southeast of Moses Lake on Dodson Rd.  

  • What: Ducks and Geese

  • How: Walk for miles back into the wasteway.  Set up on any significantly sized pond or eddy coming off the wasteway.  You can also just jump shoot any of the hundreds of ponds in the unit.  Watch for pass shooting of ducks trading back and forth.  It is very easy to get lost in this area, bring a map, compass and GPS.  There are no visual markers to help you get back to your vehicle.  This unit is great when everything has begun to ice up in other areas.  The moving water doesn’t freeze up until much later in the season.

Winchester Wasteway

  • Location: Southeast of Moses Lake on Dodson Rd

  • What: Ducks and Geese

  • How: You can either boat in from the small boat launch here or walk for miles back into the wasteway.  Set up on any significantly sized pond or eddy coming off the wasteway.  You can also just jump shoot any of the hundreds of ponds in the unit.  Watch for pass shooting of ducks trading back and forth. There are no visual markers to help you get back to your vehicle. This unit is great when everything has begun to ice up in other areas.  The moving water doesn’t freeze up until much later in the season.  You can take your boat way up into this unit and simply camp out on one of the many islands.  This saves you from having to go back and forth to the parking lot.

Rocky Ford Creek Wildlife Area

  • Location:  7 or so miles south of Soap Lake off of Hwy 17

  • What: Ducks and Geese

  • How: There is a disabled hunter duck blind on this small lake maintained by the WDFW.  The duck blind is behind a locked gate on Rocky Ford Creek by an irrigation dam. The pond created by the dam provides a nice open-water area for ducks. It remains open a little longer in the winter because it has more flow than other areas. There is a gravel drop-off area beside the blind. Decoys can be put out while wearing chest waders, however, a small boat could be used if needed.  
             The .5 mile primitive road from the locked gate to the blind is dirt, rock, and some gravel and should be useable by most vans and two-wheel drive trucks. A parking area by the gate is used mostly by walk-in hunters and fishers. A wheelchair accessible concrete vault toilet and an accessible blacktop parking space are available. The blind is open to any hunter unless reserved by disabled hunters. The WDFW Region 2 Office in Ephrata has the key for the gate. Disabled hunters should call the Office in advance at (509) 754-4624 for more information.
                       

North Columbia Basin Wildlife Area

  • Location: East of Moses Lake on F rd and 3 NW North of  I-90

  • What: Ducks and Geese

  • How:  Set up on any significantly sized pond or eddy coming off the wasteway.     Watch for pass shooting of ducks trading back and forth.  This unit is great when everything has begun to ice up in other areas.  The moving water doesn’t freeze up until much later in the season.

Crab Creek Wildlife Area

  • Location Just South of Wanapum Dam.  Head up towards the East out of Beverly.

  • What: Ducks and Geese

  • How:  This area follows the road all the way from Beverly up to Corfu.  Great jump shooting can be had for those who like to hike.  There are numerous access points along the road, pick one and walk up or down the creek.  Ducks will work this creek at all times of the day.  When the upper ponds freeze, the creek will be home to thousands of ducks.

Lind Coulee

  • Location: East of O’Sullivan dam.  There are many access points north along  O’Sullivan dam road.  Watch for the Public Hunting signs.

  • What: Ducks and Geese

  • How: Put a boat in at one of the ramps set up along the Coulee. Over a small set of decoys, pass shoot at ducks seeking refuge from the reservoir.  There isn’t a lot of cover here, try to make your boat as inconspicuous as possible.

Banks Lake

  • Location: North of Coulee City along hwy 155

  • What: Ducks and Geese

  • How: This is a 27 miles long lake with boat ramps available along the Eastern shore.  Hunt up against the basalt cliffs getting back into the reeds if you can find them.  Set up deep water spreads along the lee side of the lake.  The North end has a lot of jetties and peninsulas to shoot from.  The lake can get rough at times, use an appropriately sized boat for this area and wear a life jacket.  There are over 20 islands in the lake.  You can set up on the lee side of any of those to provide great opportunity for shooting. 

Priest Rapids Wildlife Area

  • Location: South of Wanapum Dam, directly West of Mattawa

  • What: Ducks and Geese

  • How: This is a big section of the river with a boat ramp available off of 26 road sw on the eastern shore.  Hunt along the shore or jetties into the reeds if you can find them.  Set up deep water spreads along the lee side of the river.  Agricultural fields on the West side of the river are private, but hold great numbers of wildfowl, especially when all the other water in the area has frozen over. The river can get rough at times, use an appropriately sized boat for this area and wear a life jacket.  There are three large peninsulas in the unit which provide excellent opportunity to set up lee side decoy spreads.  It is not uncommon to see rafts of thousands of ducks and geese.  Do not be afraid to set up big decoy spreads. 

Buckshot Peninsula

  • Location: South of Wanapum Dam, directly SW of Mattawa

  • What: Ducks and Geese

  • How: Section of the Priest Rapids Wildlife Area..This is a big section of the river with a boat ramps available off of 26 road sw on the eastern shore.  Hunt along the shore or jetties into the reeds if you can find them.  Set up deep water spreads along the lee side of the river.  Agricultural fields on the West side of the river are private, but hold great numbers of wildfowl, especially when all the other water in the area has frozen over. The river can get rough at times, use an appropriately sized boat for this area and wear a life jacket. 

  • Goose pit maintained by the WDFW is available (Disabled hunters have priority in the blind)  This goose pit is in an agricultural field near the Columbia River on the Priest Rapids/Buckshot Wildlife Area about 1 mile south of Mattawa. There is a wheelchair ramp down into the ground-level wooden pit blind as well as windows. The blind is camouflaged with natural materials from the area and is hard to see until you get close (or know where it is). Follow the driving directions carefully.  The blind was placed in a field used by geese to feed as they fly off the river. Hunters can drive right up beside the blind to unload, if the weather and grounds conditions are good. There is a direct route from the edge of the road across the field to the blind. Other hunters hunt this field near the edge by the river.   The blind is open to all hunters unless reserved by disabled hunters. The WDFW Region 2 Office in Ephrata has the key for the gate. Disabled hunters should call the Office in advance at (509) 754-4624 for more information. 

 Goose Lakes Wildlife Area

  • Location:   From Moses Lake, Go south on SR 17, about 1.5 miles south of I-90 Exit 179, to county Road M SE. Take Road M SE six miles to State Highway 262. Turn west on Hwy. 262 and go two miles to the gravel road at the southeast end of O'Sullivan Dam. This gravel road leads into the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. About three miles south of Hwy. 262, the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge road connects to WDFW's Upper Goose Lake access road. This access road ends on the south side of the lake, about one mile from the intersection. 

  • What: Ducks and Geese

  • How: The Upper Goose Lake access road leads to a primitive parking area with a concrete boat ramp on the south side of Upper Goose Lake. 


           
                                 
        

Adams County –

2006 Harvest = (Ducks - 9245) (Geese - 2538) (Pheasants - 3208) (Grouse - 0) (Quail - 3670)

2007 Harvest = (Ducks - 7265)  (Geese - 2132)  (Pheasants - 2324)  (Grouse - 0)  (Quail - 3886)

2008  = (Ducks - 11090) (Geese - 1876) (Pheas - 3417) (Grouse - 0) (Quail - 2119) (Hun -27) (Dove -1986) (Chuckar - 260)

2009  = (Ducks - 8329) (Geese - 2400) (Pheas - 3132) (Grouse - 0) (Quail - 2166) (Hun -125) (Dove -1921) (Chuck - 335)

 

Columbia National Wildlife Refuge

  • Location: West of Othello.  Primary access can be had just off of Hwy 26 right after C-SE rd.

  • What: Ducks and Geese

  • How: Boot in area for upland birds and ducks.  Park at the Parking areas and work your way through the unit.  Bring a compass and a GPS.  It is easy to get lost in this area.

Sprague Lake

  • Location: South of I-90

  • What: Ducks and Geese

  • How: This is a big lake with a boat ramp available along the Eastern shore.  Hunt up against the basalt cliffs getting back into the reeds if you can find them.  Set up deep water spreads along the lee side of the lake.  The South end has a lot of reeds, jetties and peninsulas to shoot from.  The lake can get rough at times, use an appropriately sized boat for this area and wear a life jacket.

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