A map of the Sinlahekin is
available at WDFW offices in
Sinlahekin Wildlife Area
Washington’s first wildlife area
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Sinlahekin – the state’s first wildlife area – with seven weekend events in 2014.
The celebration began with a public ceremony on June 7 that included U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, WDFW Director Phil Anderson, other local, state, tribal and federal officials, dedication of a hiking trail in memory of former WDFW administrator Dave Brittell, and a memory-sharing session with the area’s first families and managers.
Five summer weekends offered free public field trips and presentations by WDFW personnel and other experts on the area’s diverse wildlife, vegetation, geology and history. The celebration concluded on National Public Lands Day and National Hunting & Fishing Day, Sept. 27, with the “Mule Deer Dash” fun run.
This short video shows highlights from these anniversary year events.
(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.)