Cooperative Road Management Areas
Why Close Roads?
Studies in the Pacific Northwest have shown that most big game animals avoid active roads by at least one-quarter mile, and some move as much as four miles to escape traffic. Closing roads can provide large undisturbed areas for wildlife, like elk, deer, bighorn sheep, eagles, and wild turkeys during critical times of the year.
Intensively managed forests may have three to nine miles of road for each square mile of habitat. For each mile of road, at least four acres are directly removed as productive habitat.
Animals need energy to survive. Energy spent moving away from disturbances can deplete the energy needed to survive to late spring or give birth to a healthy elk calf. By limiting disturbance, road closures can enhance the health, reproduction, and number of animals in an area.
What's Being Done
WDFW, with the help of state, federal, and private landowners, coordinates the closure of certain roads to reduce hunter crowding and disturbance to wildlife. Roads have been closed to vehicular traffic in over 65 areas, providing over a million acres of relatively undisturbed prime hunting habitat. It is illegal to operate a motor-driven vehicle on closed roads unless exempted by WDFW or the cooperative agency or company.
Road management areas are generally not closed to all entry, just motorized vehicles. You can walk, bicycle, or horseback ride in the area as much as you like!
There two types of road closures in the program:
- “Posted Closed” System. Roads that are closed in an area are posted “closed to vehicular traffic, including ATVs.
- Green Dot System. Under this system, all roads in an area are closed unless posted OPEN with a green dot. You may drive on any roads that have circular green reflectors posted along the roadway. Roads without green reflectors are closed to motor vehicles. To help users, large information boards can be found at major points of entry into the area. Areas under the Green Dot System are designated with (*) below.
Only portions of the identified GMUs below contain road management areas. Due to changes in land ownership and multi-partner agreements, the final status of Cooperative Road Management areas may change. Check with cooperating landowners and Regional WDFW offices for any changes.
U.S. Forest Service Road Closure maps can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/umatilla/maps-pubs/?cid=stelprdb5414334
Cooperative Road Management Areas
|101||Sherman||Storm King||Apr. 1-Dec. 31|
|Sherman Creek||Dec. 1-Apr. 1|
|Snyder Hill||Sept. 1-Nov. 30|
|USFS road closures:
"ID Panhandle Travel map"
|117||49 Degrees N||Winchester 35||Year-round|
|Dry Crk/Service Crk||Year-round|
|Huckleberry Crk||Apr. 1-Dec. 31|
|124||Mt. Spokane||Blanchard/Lake of the Woods||Year-round|
|127||Mica Peak||Mica Peak||Year-round|
|162||Dayton||Griffen Peak/Chase Mt||Oct. 1-Nov. 30|
|175||Lick Creek||Hogback/Triple Ridge||Aug. 1-Nov. 30|
"Umatilla USFS Road Mgmt. guide"
|615||Clearwater||Clearwater||Sept. 1-May 1|
|621||Olympic||Lilliwaup||Oct. 1-Apr. 15|
|636||Skokomish||Upper Wynoochee R||Oct. 1-Apr. 30|
|Skokomish River||Oct. 1-Apr. 30|
|Lake Cushman||Oct. 1-Apr. 30|
|638||Quinault Ridge||Quinault Ridge||Year-round|
|East Wishkaw R||Year-round|
|653||Greenwater River/White River Elk Winter Range||FSR 7010, 7012, 7013, 7160, and 72***||Closed Dec. 15-May 1|
|Greenwater River/White River Winter Recreation-SnowPark***||FSR 70 (beyond MP 10.3), 7060, 73***||Closed Dec. 15-May 1|
|Greenwater River Year-round Wildlife Closures||FSR 7012-240, 7020, 70-223, 7080-210||Closed year-round|
|654||Mashel||Hancock/ORM/Hampton/Muckleshoot forestlands||Year-round except special permittee access*|
|DNR Elbe Hills Road 5||Sept. 1-Mar. 15 except special permittee access**|
|660||Minot Peak||Lower Chehalis||Year-round|
|666||Deschutes||Black River/Scatter Crk||Year-round|
|667||Skookumchuck||Skookumchuck Wildlife Area||Year Round except special permittee access**|