Swakane Wildlife Area

Wenatchee, Washington

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The Swakane Wildlife Area is one of those places you cannot judge from its entrance. It may not look like much from the gravel road heading west into the narrow canyon near the Rocky Reach Dam north of Wenatchee, but once you drive up the hill and see the mixed habitat with open views of ponderosa pine and grassy hillsides, the birding value of the site becomes apparent. Habitats: Mountain riparian, prairie, mixed coniferous forest, cliffs. Specialty birds: Golden Eagle; Northern Goshawk; Chukar; Blue Grouse; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Black and Vaux’s Swifts; Blackchinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; White-headed, Lewis’s, and Pileated Woodpeckers; Williamson’s and Red-naped Sapsuckers; Hammond’s, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Western Bluebird; Bohemian Waxwing.

Swakane Wildlife Area Professional Review and Guide

"The Swakane Wildlife Area is one of those places you cannot judge from its entrance. It may not look like much from the gravel road heading west into the narrow canyon near the Rocky Reach Dam north of Wenatchee, but once you drive up the hill and see the mixed habitat with open views of ponderosa pine and grassy hillsides, the birding value of the site becomes apparent.

Habitats: Mountain riparian, prairie, mixed coniferous forest, cliffs. Specialty birds: Golden Eagle; Northern Goshawk; Chukar; Blue Grouse; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Black and Vaux’s Swifts; Blackchinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; White-headed, Lewis’s, and Pileated Woodpeckers; Williamson’s and Red-naped Sapsuckers; Hammond’s, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Western Bluebird; Bohemian Waxwing."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Wenatchee
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best spring, summer, and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,700 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Swakane Wildlife Area

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May 2018