Tacoma Power's Cowlitz Wildlife Area is one of the largest designated wildlife areas in Western Washington.
Providing the wildlife area is part of Tacoma Power's responsibility for operating the Cowlitz River Project.
- 14,000 acres of forests, wetlands, lowland valleys and riparian habitats
- Located in eastern Lewis County, Washington
- Owned and funded by Tacoma Power
- Managed by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
The majority of the wildlife area surrounds Mayfield and Riffe lakes, including the 7,000-acre Peterman Ridge unit north of Riffe Lake, and other lands in seven smaller units along the river valley. View a map of the area.
The federal license for the Cowlitz Hydroelectric Project, the Cowlitz Wildlife Area management plan, and state and federal oversight guide the wildlife program. Protection and management of habitat for native species is the focus of the program.