Wildlife Area Location

Brian Boehm
16018 Mill Creek Blvd.
Mill Creek, WA 98012
(425) 327-4869

Wildlife Areas
Snoqualmie Wildlife Area
Crescent Lake Unit
The Crescent Lake unit totals 360 acres of forest, swamp and farmed fields, located three miles south of Monroe. It was purchased by WDFW in 1974 for public waterfowl and pheasant hunting and other wildlife recreation. Crescent Lake itself is a 10-acre oxbow lake that was once part of the Skykomish River. Riley Creek runs through another former river channel and enters into the Snoqualmie River near the northwest corner. There is a 25-acre marsh, about 215 acres of deciduous woodland, and 110 acres that are farmed through sharecrop agreements that leave cereal grains standing for wintering waterfowl. In the 1970s and 1980s, small openings and connecting trails were created in the forest to provide edge habitat and areas for hiking and nature observation. There are also about two miles of mowed trails that wind along the lake and Riley Creek. A 200-foot long footbridge built across the lake in 1978 completes the loop. There is a gravel parking area with reader boards at the north and south ends of the property.
Viewing Opportunities


  • Birds of Prey
  • Eagles
  • Songbirds
  • Upland Birds
  • Waterfowl
  • Mammals

  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From Highway 203, turn west on 203rd St. just south of Monroe. At the next stop sign at the "T" in the road, turn left or right for either the north or south parking lots.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    There is a north and south parking area at this Unit. No restroom facilities are available.
    Other Information
    This Unit is closed during hours of darkness.
    Unique Features
    This is a popular pheasant and waterfowl hunting site in the fall and winter. A large portion of the property is a big leaf maple forest that offers watchable wildlife opportunities.

    Snoqualmie Wildlife Area Hunting Hours Reinstated
    Hunting hours from 8am to 4pm have been reinstated for all hunters on the following units: Stillwater, Cherry Valley, Crescent Lake. This will be in effect during the Western Washington Pheasant Season. For the rest of the hunting season normal hunting hours, half hour before sunrise to half hour after sunset, will apply. For more information, contact WDFW's Mill Creek Regional Office at (425) 775-1311.

    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
    • Bird watching
    • Dog training/trials
    • Hiking
    • Hunting
    • Wildlife viewing

    If you are Hunting or Fishing, remember to check all current regulations.

    Activities may include restrictions or require permits. Please see Public Conduct Rules for more information.