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Methow Wildlife Area, Washington
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Description: The Methow Wildlife Area is 31,000 acres in seven units located in the Methow River watershed in the western half of Okanogan County. Acquisitions began in 1941 to relieve mule deer damage to local farmland by creating preferred habitat. Maintaining migration corridors and habitat for the Methow Valley´┐Żs migratory mule deer herds is the primary goal of most units, but other wildlife from songbirds to salmon also benefit. Many of the units border U.S. Forest Service (USFS) land(Okanogan NF). The wildlife area also provides access for wildlife viewing, hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing and other recreation.

Location: From Winthrop, take East Chewuch Road 2 miles; turn right on Bear Creek Loop Road- Pearrygin Lake State Park turnoff. Follow 3.5 miles to WDFW Methow Wildlife Area Headquarters.   Latitude: 48.530169   Longitude: -120.149329

Address: Methow Wildlife Area
520 Bear Creek Road
Winthrop, WA  98862
Phone: (509) 996-2559

Season: year round * see notes

Fee: $11.50/day;$35/annual pass

Reservations: no
Blue Box indicates availability  White Box indicates unavailability
 Biking  Fishing  Picnicking
 Boating (Motorized)  Hiking/Backpacking  Scenic Driving
 Boating (Non-motorized)  Horseback Riding  
 Boating (WW)  Hunting  Water Sports
 Camping    Wildlife Viewing
 Caving  Off Highway Vehicles  Winter Sports

Services and Facilities
Blue Box indicates availability  White Box indicates unavailability  An A for Accessible indicates the service or facility is accessible to people with disabilities
 Visitor Center  Group Campgnd  RV Sites
  Exhibits  Campgnd, Primitive  Electric Hookup
 Interpretive Programs  Drinking Water  Dump Station
 Cultural-Historic Sites  Restrooms  Boat Ramp
 Campgnd, Developed  Showers  Marina
 Rental Cabins

Notes: Methow unit:14,800 acres, in foothills of Methow Valley and national forest land, 7 developed campgrounds with motorized access, no motorized vehicles allowed in the wildlife area, camping, hiking, hunting in season, wildlife viewing. Big Buck unit:5150 acres, spring and fall range for migrating deer, wildlife viewing, several lakes and streams, hunting in season, fishing, walk-in access. Big Valley unit:1164 acres,protection and habitat for endangered salmon and steelhead in Methow River,open year round, hike,horse,and bike trail,snowshoeing/skiing in winter. Early Winters unit:650 acres, mostly private owned with conservation easements, hiking, popular X-C skiing trails, wildlife viewing deer and birds. Golden Doe unit:1514 acres, mule deer winter range, riparian areas on Methow River, walk-in only access, hiking, no access in winter. Rendezvous unit:4225 acres, between Chewuch and Methow Rivers, winter range for mule deer, wildlife viewing deer, birds, waterfowl, walk-in access only, hiking, hunting in season. Texas Creek unit:1371 acres,winter range for mule deer, wildlife viewing wintering bald eagles, no access in winter.
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