West Branch Little Spokane River Phase 1

Category Overview

Critical Habitat projects are our state’s primary tool for conserving important fish and wildlife habitat. These projects protect the rich and diverse habitats in our forests, prairies, and wetlands. These funds help maintain our state’s biodiversity and protect species that are popular for hunting, birding, and other outdoor recreation, and are critical for the health of our salmon and fish populations.

Project Highlights

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife used this grant to buy 1097 acres along the west branch of the Little Spokane River. The land contains highly diverse habitats including streams, riparian areas, wetlands, lakes, beaver ponds, cottonwood galleries, aspen groves, and forests. The area is relatively unique to eastern Washington because it provides such a large contiguous area of healthy Riparian Protection and wetlands at low elevation. The land supports a high level of diverse animals and plants, including moose, white-tailed deer, elk, black bear, cougar, grouse, turkey, golden and bald eagles, and Townsend’s big-eared bat. The property provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities including hunting, watching wildlife, hiking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: $3,661,966.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Pend Oreille Legislative District: 7 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # Jun-37

Location Details

Go North on Highway 2 out of Spokane and turn West on Eloika Lake Rd. Follow Eloika Lake Rd. and turn Right on Division. Follow Division and it will turn into the Horseshoe Lake Rd. Follow the Horseshoe Lake Rd. North to Horseshoe Lake and as you travel along the Horseshoe Lake Rd. the Subject Property lays on your right.

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.