The Entiat River Valley’s dramatic landscape is home to an amazing variety of native plants and wildlife, and people who love its rugged beauty. The river begins at Entiat Glacier and its clear waters are one of the most productive spawning grounds for endangered spring Chinook salmon, threatened steelhead and bull trout, and fall Chinook salmon. The Land Trust has been working with local property owners since 2001 to protect this special place. As a result, more than 8 miles of riverfront and 651 acres of riparian habitat are permanently preserved.
The Stillwaters section of the Entiat provides a respite for spawning fish, and the Land Trust’s Stormy Creek Preserve alone protects almost two miles of its riverfront. The protection also stops development in the floodplain and allows the river to follow its natural, meandering course enriching the soil and providing wildlife habitat.
The Land Trust has been improving the habitat on our Entiat properties by planting native plants, pulling invasive weeds, and using volunteers to steward this special piece of North Central Washington.
During the summer of 2019 CDLT is allowing several partner organizations to use our properties to access the river and improve habitat for salmon and steelhead. From July 8 to 12 all of the CDLT Entiat Stillwaters properties will be closed to the public because helicopters will be flying logs over the area and the nearby river. In addition, three of these properties (Bremer, Tyee Confluence, and Troy) will be closed to the public from July 1 to Sept 1 due to heavy equipment operation operating in the fields and along the riverbanks. Throughout the summer river users may encounter flaggers, lookouts, and signage as needed to help ensure safety. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and support to complete this important conservation work. If you have any questions please contact CDLT Watershed Coordinator David Morgan or call 509-667-9708.
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Stormy Creek Preserve
To experience what the Entiat River has to offer, visit CDLT’s Stormy Creek Preserve. The Preserve boasts an established parking area, a primative pit toilet, and plenty of access to the river. The Preserve is a great place to bird and view wildflowers in the spring and watch spawning salmon in the fall.
There are no designated trails on the property. Feel free to wander around as you like. From the parking area, there is a small footpath to the west that leads to the lower meadow and the best river access.
Directions: From Highway 97-A, turn west onto Entiat River Road. In 16.9 miles, turn left on an unmarked dirt road, which is the road just past the entrance to Stormy Creek Lodge. In 280 feet, take the right fork in the road, which leads to the parking area. Click here for a Google map.