Lower Snake River Wind Facility
Our newest and largest wind facility is located in Southeast Washington, 15 miles west of Pomeroy, Garfield County. Map
The Lower Snake River project currently encompasses 149 wind turbines capable of generating about 343 megawatts of electricity. Read more facts about the facility.
Come discover the rural beauty of Garfield County and witness the future of energy being made now by our Lower Snake River turbines.
Please call 509-751-4800 for information about scheduling a guided tour. If you plan to get out of your car and walk the wind facility’s grounds unescorted, however, you must register online, or at Four Star Supply year-round, or at Deadman Creek Store (www.deadmanc.com) between May 15 and the first week of November. If you registered online, you will need to pick up the access permit at the store you selected on the registration form.
Hunting, hiking, bird watching, walking the grounds and other recreational activities are allowed on the wind facility by written permission only. Please register here to enjoy access to the private lands that compose the Lower Snake River Wind Facility. Separate access permits are required for PSE’s Hopkins Ridge and PacificCorp’s Marengo wind facilities, both nearby in Columbia County.
Lower Snake River Hunting & Access Guidelines Video
Can I access land in the Lower Snake River Wind Facility?
Yes, but only with written permission. To get permission, complete the online application form or visit one of the stores listed on the registration page. Either way, you will need to complete the registration process and pick up the permits in person.
Can I access land in the Hopkins Ridge and Marengo wind facilities?
Yes, but only with written permission specific to those wind facilities. To get permission, complete the online application form. You will need to go to The Last Resort Camp Store to complete the registration process and pick up the required papers.
What will I need to be able to hunt on Lower Snake River properties?
First register for access. If you register online, you will receive a confirmation e-mail instructing you to pick up final paperwork at the store you selected (Four Star Supply or Deadman Creek Store) before hunting. Your final paperwork includes a signed Access Permission Agreement and a hanging vehicle tag.
To access the areas that require a landowner’s permission you will need to get property owner names and phone numbers from signs posted on properties. You must contact the landowner to obtain an Access Permission Agreement and a hanging vehicle tag.
While hunting, you also will be required to carry a map of participating properties; one is included in the hunting access brochure for each wind-facility area. All members in your hunting party must have all the required paperwork with them at all times, with the exception of minors under 18 who are not hunting.
Minors under 18 are required to have a guardian's signature to access the properties. Minors between the ages of 12 and 18 who are hunting must have their own Access Permission Agreement and must have completed a hunter's safety course.
Where can I hunt?
Public access is available within the Lower Snake River Wind Facility, but there are special rules in place to ensure the safety of hunters, local residents and wind-facility workers. This public-access area is marked on the map.
Study the maps and keep them with you to ensure you are within a hunting zone. Signs will be posted in many locations, but the maps are your best guide. The detailed maps include GPS coordinates to help you locate your position. The hunting areas lie mostly on private land. Please follow the rules and respect the regulations so this privilege may continue.
Why are some areas open to access and others restricted?
PSE leases land from private landowners and the state of Washington to operate the wind facility. Hunting areas are identified in green on the Wind Facility Area detail map; they are designed as Access with Written Permission (AWWP). They are open to the public only after written permission is given.
Areas that are shaded in yellow also are open to public hunting, but only with written permission from the landowner. These areas are marked with the intitials “AWWLP”. Landowner names and phone numbers are posted on signs in these areas.
Other landowners privately manage access on their lands and don’t allow hunting by the general public. These areas are marked on the Wind Facility Area detail maps in tan with the initials PAU or Public Access Unavailable If you see hunters or hear gunfire coming from these areas, it is because the hunters have received landowner permission; it does not mean you are allowed to hunt in those areas as well.
Some private landowners within the wind-project boundary do not want their land accessed. These lands are marked on the Wind Facility Area detail maps in pink as Access Prohibited (AP). No access or hunting is allowed in these areas.
Why do I need to stop at Four Star Supply or Deadman Creek Store if I've completed the application online?
At the store, you will be asked to complete the application process by signing the Access Permission Agreement form. State game officials and local law enforcement also require that hunters show picture identification if over 18 years old, WILD Identification number and provide vehicle information. Finally, a hanging vehicle tag will be issued at the store and the corresponding number added to your Access Permission Agreement. Each hunter will receive a copy to keep with him or her while on the properties and a copy will be kept on file.
||Four Star Supply
||Deadman Creek Store|
||2255 Villard St
Pomeroy, WA 99347
|1581 Lower Deadman Rd.|
Pomeroy, WA 99347
||Mon-Fri: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
|May 15 - September 1|
Sun-Thur: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
September 1 through Rifle Deer Opening Day
Fri-Sun: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Rifle Deer Opening Day through Rifle Elk Ending Day
Daily: 8 a.m. until the last customer leaves
What are the PSE Lower Snake River Wind Facility hunting rules?
The rules that apply while hunting within the boundary of the wind facility are spelled out in the Access Permission Agreement form that you will carry with you while hunting.
- No hunting during wind-turbine construction periods or posted closure periods.
- No access of any kind within 300 feet of the wind turbines, buildings or substations.
- No access of any kind within 1,000 feet of the wind turbines from the 3rd Sunday of November through the 3rd Sunday of February due to potential icing conditions.
- No pointing or shooting of any weapon at a target of any kind with people, wind turbines, overhead power lines, splice boxes, J-boxes, maintenance vehicles, signs, maintenance facilities or substation in your scope of view.
- No shooting from vehicles, across roads or from any maintained portion of wind-facility access roads.
- No vehicle traffic of any kind is allowed on landowner property, except on county roads, unless authorized in writing. Driving on wind-turbine access roads is not allowed. This includes operation of off-road or all-terrain vehicles.
- No horses or pack animals are allowed on landowners' property unless previously authorized in writing from landowner.
- Do not block access gates or entrances.
- All hunters must abide by Washington State Game Rules and Regulations.
- All access may be canceled by landowners whenever it is deemed necessary by landowners or property lessees.
- No overnight camping, parking or outdoor fires on landowner property unless previously authorized.
- Hanging vehicle tags must be clearly displayed and visible from outside of the vehicle when private/landowner property.
- Your access permission agreement must be carried on your person while hunting within the Puget Sound Energy Lower Snake River Wind Facility area.
- Violation of any of these rules will result in loss of all access privileges and may also incur trespassing violations.
To help ensure continued access to these lands, please report any violations of the rules or laws to the Garfield County Sheriff's Office at 509-843-3494. In an emergency, dial 911.
Can my children come?
Yes. Please note that children between the ages of 12 and 18 must have their own, signed Access Permission Agreement form. Only children who have completed a hunter's safety course are allowed to hunt.