Oak Creek Wildlife Area and Elk Feeding Station


One of the best locations for watching elk in the entire United States, Oak Creek is truly a sight to behold. In winter, elk congregate at the Oak Creek feeding station in herds by the hundreds. Visitors see the elk up close as they jostle for position at the hay drop stations. Other wildlife viewing includes bighorn sheep, woodpeckers, raptors, and a variety of songbirds. Primarily recognized as elk herd winter range, Oak Creek is a sparsely timbered area in the grassy foothills with diversified habitat that benefits other wildlife as well. A supplemental winter feeding program maintains the Yakima elk herd on department lands during the winter; up to 1,200 elk, including about 90 branched-antlered bulls, can be seen at feeding times. Recognized primarily as winter range for elk, its multipurpose acreage insures permanent populations of fish, elk, deer, bear, chukar, partridge, quail, grouse, and hundreds of other species. In addition, the wildlife area preserves many miles of streambank access for fishermen.


16601 Highway 12
Naches, WA 98937


46.72396194, -120.81395477
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(509) 653-2390

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