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Priest Rapids Wildlife Area

Central Washington

Location

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities
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Length

5.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 50 ft.

Rating

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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

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Co-ordinates: 46.7107, -119.9525 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Columbia Basin Wildlife Area

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Guidebooks & Maps

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

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Priest Rapids

WDFW Priest Rapids Unit Map: https://bit.ly/2Eg69ov

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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Priest Rapids Wildlife Area

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