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Priest Rapids Wildlife Area

Central Washington > Tri-Cities
46.7107, -119.9525 Map & Directions
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
50 feet
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  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers

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The Priest Rapids Wildlife Area is a unit of 3,202 acres in the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area. Continue reading

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Hiking Priest Rapids Wildlife Area

The Priest Rapids Wildlife Area is a unit of the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area and consists of 3,202 acres of land. It is located south of Sentinel Gap along the east bank of the Columbia River.

Fascinating flora and fauna are in no short supply. Songbirds, shorebirds, wading birds and more can all be found in this charming wildlife area. Keep a lookout for massive flocks of Canadian geese during the winter months. The riverbanks of the dramatically fluctuating Priest Rapids Pools can be seen slowly developing a fascinating riparian habitat.

The recreation area includes campsites and a boat launch.

Priest Rapids Wildlife Area

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.7107, -119.9525 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From I-90, take Exit 137 to merge onto Hwy 26. Continue south on Hwy 26 for about 1 mile then turn right onto Hwy 243. After approximately 16 miles, turn west onto Road 26 SW. Continue for one mile to the intersection of the county Roads 26 SW and U SW to find the WDFW Priest Rapids Unit access road.

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Central Washington > Tri-Cities

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Columbia Basin Wildlife Area

Guidebooks & Maps

Best Desert Hikes: Washington (Bauer & Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Priest Rapids

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