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Oak Creek elk feeding station

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A pair of cow elk disagree over a feeding position at Oak Creek Wildlife Area near Naches, Wash. Friday, Dec 23, 2016.

Located 6 miles west of Naches on U.S. Highway 12, the Oak Creek Wildlife Area's elk feeding station allows visitors to watch hundreds of Rocky Mountain Elk while they graze during the winter. The station is generally open from mid-December to early March, with January and February reported as the best time to watch the elk.

The feeding area is enclosed by an 8-foot fence (you can't pet the elk), but a visitor center offers free exhibits and 40-minute truck tours, available on a first-come, first serve basis. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with daily feeding of the elk at  1:30 p.m. Call the Oak Creek Wildlife Area at 509-653-2390 or the Oak Creek Visitor's Center at 509-698-5106 for more information.