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Butte Creek

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Umatilla National Forest
71 West Main
Pomeroy, WA 99347
Basics
Location:
located entirely within the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness in Southeast Washington

Description

From East Butte Trail out of Teepee Trailhead, the East Fork of Butte Creek and King Creek are accessible for fishing. The trail leading into the creek is steep and rocky. West Butte Trail out of Godman Trailhead leads to the intersection of the West and East Forks of Butte Creek. This trail gradually descends to Butte Creek. There is no trail downstream along the creek from this junction. Butte Creek enters an area known as "Box Canyon." This part of the stream is as challenging as the name implies. Travel is along sheer walls and in the stream channel and fishing this portion of the stream requires careful consideration. You would not want to be in this section during high water events.

Both Trails into the Creeks are well maintained for foot and horse traffic only since they are located within the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. There are places to camp along the trails for close proximity to the creeks. It is possible to fish down the East Fork to the West Fork and make a loop. Rainbow trout and bull trout are the most commonly caught fish in these streams. You might get lucky in late summer and see a chinook salmon spawning. These fish sometimes venture into West Butte. Fishing this area can be both challenging and rewarding because of its remoteness and seclusion. The lower 2 miles of the main stem Butte Creek is in Oregon.

Fishing

Fish:
Bull Trout
Rainbow Trout

Details

Location:
located entirely within the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness in Southeast Washington
Additional Details:

Wilderness - No motorized equipment or mountain bikes.

Open to foot and horseback only.

Practice Leave-No-Trace camping ethics. Pack all garbage out.

Trail parking permit required at most trailheads.

Campsites must be located 75 feet away from live water.

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Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Godman Trailhead: From Dayton, WA, take 4th street south off Highway 12 for about four blocks. Turn east onto the Eckler Mountain Road (also the road to the city cemetery). Follow road about 16 miles to the National Forest Boundary. Follow Forest Road #46 for 12 miles to Godman Guard Station. Take West Butte Trail #3138 to the West Fork of Butte Creek.

Teepee Trailhead: From Dayton, WA, take 4th street south off Highway 12 for about four blocks. Turn east onto the Eckler Mountain Road (also the road to the city cemetery). Follow road about 16 miles to the National Forest Boundary. Follow Forest Road #46 for 12 miles to Godman Guard Station. Turn left on Road #4608. Follow road for 7 miles, taking all rights. Then take East Butte Trail #3112 to the East Fork of Butte Creek.


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