Desert Wildlife Area

Moses Lake, Washington 98837

Desert Wildlife Area

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Desert Wildlife Area encompasses 35,100 acres. This was a true desert prior to the coming of the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project. Black sands (ground-up basalt) formed sand dunes, which were very actively moving until recent times. The natural basin now serves as a collector for irrigation water from upslope farmlands.

Most of this water is collected in the Winchester and Frenchman Hills Wasteways. The bulk of the land that comprises the Desert Wildlife Area borders both sides of the Winchester Wasteway—the main channel brings water from the Soap Lake area to the north down to the Potholes area basin and its surrounding farmland."

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Trail Information

Moses Lake
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 to 4 hours
October through March
1,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,150 feet
Top Elevation
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Contacts
Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Moses Lake
Local Maps

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Dec 2018