Wildlife Area Location

Mark Grabski
P.O. Box 758
Morton, WA 98356
(360) 496-6223

Wildlife Areas
Cowlitz Wildlife Area
Swofford Unit
The Swofford Pond unit covers 300 acres south of Riffe Lake and southeast of Mossyrock. It is managed for elk, black-tailed deer, waterfowl, and riparian forest habitat. This unit has several large fields, a pond and several riparian forest corridors. The fields are hayed by contractors and maintained as forage fields. The southern end borders industrial timberlands located on a steep slope.
Viewing Opportunities


  • Birds of Prey
  • Eagles
  • Songbirds
  • Waterfowl
  • Mammals

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From I-5: Head east on US-12 (20.2 mi), Turn right at Mossyrock / Williams St (0.4 mi), Turn left at E State St (0.5 mi), Continue on Mossyrock Rd E (2.2 mi), Slight right at Swofford Rd (0.3 mi), Slight left to stay on Swofford Rd (1.4 mi), Turn left at Green Mountain Rd (0.4 mi), Turn right to stay on Green Mountain Rd (0.1 mi)
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Limited parking Portable restroom near boat ramp
    Other Information
    No camping, stays limited to 8 hours.
    Unique Features
    An in / out trail runs along the south shore of the lake and is accessed near the boat launch. This trail can be wet at times so appropriate clothing is advised. Elk are prevalent on this unit and the lakes provides for some of the largest waterfowl populations on the wildlife area. This is a popular fishing site with abundant populations of warmwater species and trout. A boat launch can be accessed on the east end of the lake and take note -- internal combustion engines are prohibited.
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
    • Bird watching
    • Boating
    • Dog walking
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Hunting
    • Mountain biking
    • Wildlife viewing

    If you are Hunting or Fishing, remember to check all current regulations.

    Activities may include restrictions or require permits. Please see Public Conduct Rules for more information.