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See elk up close at local wildlife area

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NACHES, Wash.-- If you're looking for a place to get up close and personal with wildlife, an elk feeding station near Naches might just be the place for you. The Oak Creek Wildlife Area feeds the animals every day through the winter.

The area has about 600 to 700 elk that stop by to eat. Visitors can drive right up and watch the animals from the parking lot. They can also take the tour truck rides through the elk pasture. Oak Creek's manager says it's a great opportunity to get a closer look at nature.

"You don't really get to see elk or wildlife up this close and personal very often. So, it's a unique experience. Everyone really enjoys it. Get to see something you don't get to see every day," says Oak Creek Manager Ross Huffman

You can find the area two miles west of the junction of Highway 12 and 410. The elk are fed at 1:30 and tours start at 11, 12, one, and two. You can make reservations over the phone at 653-2390. It's all free, but you do need a Discover Pass or Vehicle Access Permit to park.

You can find more information on the web at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website, here.