Hopkins Ridge Wind Facility
Our first wind facility is located in Southeast Washington, 15 miles northeast of Dayton in Columbia County. For detailed information please visit our Dayton office. Map it
Hopkins Ridge encompasses 87 turbines capable of generating 157 megawatts of electricity. Read more facts about the facility.
Come discover the early history of Columbia County and witness the future of energy being made by Hopkins Ridge and other nearby wind facilities.
Puget Sound Energy's Hopkins Ridge Wind Facility is nestled between three bygone communities: Turner, Marengo and Covello. Many homesteaders carved out their living in this area. Now, only a few structures remain from these once bustling pioneer settlements.
Please call 509-382-2043 for information about scheduling a guided tour. You may also take a self-guided driving tour to view the wind farm and surrounding historical sites. If you care to get out of your car and walk the grounds, however, you must register online or at The Last Resort Camp Store and then pick up your permit at the store.
Hunting, hiking, bird watching, walking the grounds and other recreational activities are allowed on the wind facility by permission only. Please register here to enjoy access to the private lands that compose the Hopkins Ridge Wind Facility. Access permits cover PSE’s Hopkins Ridge and PacificCorp’s Marengo wind facilities.
Can I access land in the Hopkins Ridge and Marengo wind facilities?
Can I access land in the Lower Snake River Wind Facility?
Yes, but only with written permission specific to that wind facility. To get permission, complete the online application form. You will need to go to Deadman Creek Outfitters, 1581 Lower Deadman Road, Pomeroy, to complete the registration process and to pick up required papers.
What will I need to be able to hunt on the properties?
First complete this online application form, or in person at The Last Resort Camp Store. (http://www.thelastresortrv.com/) If completed online, you will receive a confirmation e-mail instructing you to pick up final paperwork at The Last Resort before hunting. Your final paperwork includes a signed 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 Hopkins Ridge and Marengo wind facilities, 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 maps.
Study the maps and keep them with you to ensure you are within a hunting zone. Signs will be placed in many locations, but the maps are your best guide. The detail maps include GPS coordinates to help you locate your position. The 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 and PacifiCorp (owner of the Marengo Wind Facility) lease land from private landowners and the state of Washington to operate the Hopkins Ridge and Marengo wind facilities. Hunting areas are identified in green on the Wind Facility Area detail maps as Access with Written Permission (AWWP). They are open to the public only after written permission is given.
Other landowners privately manage access and hunting on their land and hunting permission is not available. These areas are marked on the Wind Facility Area detail maps in red diagonal lines as Written Permission Unavailable (WPU). 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 there 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 orange as Access Prohibited (AP). No access or hunting is allowed in these areas.
Why do I need to stop at The Last Resort 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. 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.
Store hours at The Last Resort vary seasonally, so plan ahead if an early morning or late evening hunting trip is planned. Contact the store by phone: 509-843-1556 or visit http://www.thelastresortrv.com/.
What are the PSE Hopkins Ridge and PacifiCorp Marengo wind-facilities' hunting rules?
The rules that apply while hunting within the boundary of the facilities 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 on lessors' property except on county roads. 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 lessors' property unless previously authorized.
- Do not block access gates or entrances.
- All hunters must abide by Washington State Game Rules and Regulations.
- All access may be canceled on lessors' land whenever it is deemed necessary by lessors or lessees.
- No overnight camping, parking or outdoor fires on lessors' property unless previously authorized.
- Hanging vehicle tags must be clearly displayed and visible from outside of the vehicle when on the lessors' property.
- Your access permission agreement must be carried on your person while hunting within the Puget Sound Energy Hopkins Ridge and PacifiCorp Marengo wind-facility areas.
- Violation of any of the rules will result in loss of all access privileges and possibly incurring trespassing violations.
To help ensure continued access to these lands, please report any violations of the rules or laws to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office 509-382-1100. 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.