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West Foster Creek Wildlife Area

Central Washington

West Foster Creek offers a restored shrub-steppe environment for idle meandering, bird watching, or simply enjoying the out-of-doors. Continue reading

Location

Central Washington -- Grand Coulee
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Length

2.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 162 ft.
Highest Point: 2134 ft.

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  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

West Foster Creek offers a restored shrub steppe environment for idle meandering, bird watching, or simply enjoying the out-of-doors. Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife have done much to restore this watershed to pre-grazing/agricultural management conditions.

From the trailhead parking double track descends into the Foster Creek Draw. This old road makes for an easy trail to observe wildlife and walk side-by-side. Several old, abandoned roads make a loop possible.

This area is most suited to idle wandering and exploring. This author wandered for a mile before returning. Ultimately the creek extends about ten protected miles to the Columbia River near Bridgeport. Signs of coyotes, deer, beavers, and waterfowl are evident. Springtime brings wildflowers and breeding ducks.

Today beavers have remarkably found this niche of wetness amidst a dry and unforgiving landscape. Slowly their influence of riparian zone building is growing this area for wildlife of many types. 

Hike by WTA Correspondents
Austin Smith

West Foster Creek Wildlife Area

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.8846, -119.7204 Open in Google Maps

Trailhead

Central Washington -- Grand Coulee

West Foster Creek Wildlife Area (#0)

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

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Toilet Information

  • No toilet at trailhead

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Getting There

From Bridgeport, travel south on Highway 17. After 2 miles or so turn left onto Bridgeport Hill Road NE. The road turns to gravel here. Continue driving south, paralleling Foster Creek for a dozen miles or so. The first right hand turn is 18 ¾ Road NE, this will be a sharp right turn. If you get to Road 18 NE you’ve gone too far. Road 18 ¾ NE quickly descends 100 feet in elevation over one mile.

Parking is on the right just after crossing Foster Creek. There are no facilities. 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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