Sinlahekin Wildlife Area Campground Renovations

Category Overview

The State Lands Development and Renovation category provides funding to two state agencies to repair, renovate, and develop outdoor recreation facilities on existing recreation lands. As the popularity of outdoor recreation increases in our state, these grants help address overcrowding, ensure our outdoor amenities are safe for public use, improve visitor experience, and allow more people to enjoy our great outdoors.

Project Highlights

The Department of Fish and Wildlife has renovated 65 sites within 10 campgrounds of the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area. This project improved quality of recreation use at the wildlife area for approximately 2,500 users per year. The primary outdoor recreation opportunity provided includes camping, hiking, bird watching, fishing, and hunting. The primary habitats protected include sagebrush-steppe, ponderosa pine savanna, and Riparian Protections. Species supported include 189 species of birds, 87 butterflies, 45 mammal species, and 560 different plant species. This project included design, permitting, cultural resource compliance, and site work. Project site work included formalization of campsites by installing steel fire rings, picnic tables, trees, barrier rock and wheel stops, grading of parking areas, camping sites, access routes, and pathways to existing restroom facilities.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: State Lands Development & Renovation WWRP Grant: $245,000.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Development County: Okanogan Legislative District: 7 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 16-1707

Location Details

OPTION 1: Via Loomis-Oroville Road 1. North from Omak on US-97 South. Continue for 22 miles. 2. Enter Tonasket, turn left onto 4th St and cross bridge/Okanogan River 3. Turn right onto State Route 7 heading North 4. Veer left onto Loomis-Oroville Road until Loomis 5. Loomis-Oroville Road becomes Palmer Ave; continue straight and veer left (you’ll see a gate with large spears in front of you) 6. Continue south on Broadway – turns into Sinlahekin Rd 7. Drive south on Sinlahekin road approx. 5 miles. 8. Drive south 10mi - campground improvement sites adjacent to road Option 2: Via Sinlahekin Road 1. North from Omak 12 miles on US-97 South. 2. Turn left onto Pine Creek Rd 3. Pine Creek Rd intersects with and become Fish Lake Rd 4. Continue on Fish Lake Rd for 4 miles 5. Fish Lake Rd turns into Sinlahekin Rd. 6. Drive North approx. 10 miles. 7. Campground improvement sites adjacent to road

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.