Located southwest of Royal City in Grant County, accessed from Lower Crab Creek Road off of State Highway 243, the Unit lies within the valley of Lower Crab Creek along the steep north side of the Saddle Mountains. The unit consists of shrubsteppe, wetlands, and riparian areas along the creek, and the seep ponds and uplands on the bench north of the creek provide a diverse habitat for many species of wildlife.
Born of fire and ice and flood over millions of years, preserved through the war and conflict of half a century, now protected forever. Hanford Reach provides motorized and non-motorized boating opportunities on the nation's only remaining non-tidal, free-flowing stretch of the Columbia River. Jetboat or kayak tours are excellent ways to see the river, experience its history, and catch a glimpse of deer, pelicans, coyotes, bald and golden eagles, egrets, various herons, and waterfowl of all descriptions.
It seems as if our world gets more stressful with each passing day. Columbia NWR offers a chance to unplug and reconnect with the world around us. With dozens of lakes, numerous trails, and abundant wildlife, visitors have a variety of activities available. The dramatic landscape is sure to spark an interest in the geologic forces that shaped the refuge, while the constant migration of birds makes the refuge a special place to view wildlife. Regardless of your interests, Columbia has something to offer, like these sand hill cranes taking flight