The 926-acre Scatter Creek Wildlife Area is located in Thurston County and is managed as three units. It lies in the Puget Sound Trough lowlands with the Cascade Mountain Range to the east, the Willapa Hills to the southwest, and the Black Hills to the northwest. Scatter Creek Wildlife Area lies on a glacial outwash plain, rimmed by low-lying hills formed by the last continental ice sheet 12,000 years ago.