Water Access Sites

Fishing restrictions and closures
Water access sites remain open in many areas, despite fishing restrictions or closures on several rivers due to drought conditions. Visit the emergency fishing rules and the drought webpage for more information on fishing restrictions. 

WDFW maintains Water Access Sites throughout Washington state offering boaters and bank fisherman access to lakes and waterways.

Vehicle Access
A Discover Pass or Vehicle Access Pass is REQUIRED on all recreation sites owned by WDFW. Hunters, fishers, and trappers get a Vehicle Access Pass without additional cost, as part of their first annual license purchase excluding the annual shellfish license. Annual and One-day Discover Passes may be purchased separately. Learn more >>

Note: Not all WDFW Water Access Sites (boat launches) are open throughout the year. Some sites are open only during hunting and fishing seasons. Closures are necessary to comply with land owner agreements, and to manage limited maintenance funds. Please contact the nearest Regional Office for more information on scheduled closures.


GIS Data Catalog
The “GIS Data Catalog” on the WA State Geospatial Portal contains links that point to GIS data, web services and metadata hosted on state agency websites.  DFW GIS data sets include Water Access Sites available for download.


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  WDFW will close Black Lake launch site
Samish Lake
  AIS Inspection Permit
Whatcom Lake
  AIS permit sticker
City of P. A.
  Closed to Fishing
DOT Site
  Closed to Fishing
  Closed to Fishing