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Justin Haug
P.O. Box C
Loomis, WA 98827
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Wildlife Areas

75th anniversary of the Sinlahekin - Washington’s first wildlife area

Sinlahekin Map
Sinlahekin Map

A map of the Sinlahekin is
available at WDFW offices in
north-central Washington.

Sinlahekin Wildlife Area
75th anniversary of the Sinlahekin 
Washington’s first wildlife area

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Sinlahekin – the state’s first wildlife area – with events scheduled throughout the summer of 2014.

WDFW will kick off this summer-long celebration of the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area with a public ceremony June 7 at the wildlife area headquarters.

WDFW Director Phil Anderson will be joined at the June 7 event by local, state, tribal and federal officials including Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The public is invited to participate in all of the activities that day, including a barbecue lunch sponsored by the Mule Deer Foundation, dedication of a hiking trail, and fishing clinics at lakes in the wildlife area.

Sinlahekin events later this spring and summer will include free public field trips and presentations by WDFW personnel and other experts on the area’s diverse wildlife, vegetation, geology and history. Those events are scheduled for June 14-15, July 5-6, July 26-27, Aug. 23-24, and Sept. 6-7.

Sessions with limits on participation are on a first come, first served basis, since no pre-registrations will be conducted. Those that include field trips beyond short walking distance from headquarters will rely on participants’ transportation and car-pooling. Participants should be prepared for sessions to be conducted rain or shine.

Some sessions are offered on both Saturday and Sunday of scheduled weekends so that overnight visitors to the Sinlahekin can participate in concurrent sessions. Check this schedule again because some sessions may be subject to change.

  • June 7 kickoff celebration includes remarks by WDFW Phil Anderson, a barbecue lunch, dedication of a hiking trail and fishing clinics.
  • June 14-15 sessions include native bees, birds, bears, deer, mollusks, wildflowers, mosses, lichens, geology, and early exploration.
  • July 5-6 sessions include butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies, other insects, bats, grassland ecology, local history, and landscape restoration.
  • July 26-27 sessions include bats, bighorn sheep, cougars and other carnivores, forests, local wildfire history, and a “then-and-now” photo point tour.
  • August 23-24 sessions include geology, glaciation and climate change, snakes and other reptiles, and wildfire history and prescribed burn management.
  • September 6-7 sessions include birds, wildlife photography, native American history, early settler history, a “then-and-now” photo point tour, and family wildlife sing-along.
  • The series will close on September 27 (National Hunting and Fishing and National Public Lands Day) with a fun run through the Sinlahekin and a celebration of the area’s hunting and fishing heritage.

Questions about participation in any of the 75th anniversary events can be directed to

How to get here

(Driving directions to Sinlahekin Wildlife Area headquarters: From Loomis, proceed west on Palmer Avenue into a sweeping left turn onto Broadway Street which turns into Sinlahekin Road. Proceed south on Sinlahekin Road about 3 miles to the wildlife area boundary and continue about 2-1/2 miles to the headquarters’ entrance road on left.)