The Crescent Lake unit totals 360 acres of forest, sloughs and farm fields, located three miles south of Monroe. The property was purchased by WDFW in 1974 for waterfowl and pheasant hunting, wildlife conservation, and wildlife-related recreation. Crescent Lake is a 10-acre oxbow lake that was once part of the Skykomish River. Riley Slough runs through another former river channel and enters into the Snoqualmie River near the northwest corner. The unit also contains a 25-acre marsh and about 215 acres of deciduous woodland. About 100 acres are farmed through sharecrop agreements, which guarantee cereal grains are left standing for wintering waterfowl. There is a network of trails through the forest and fields to provide areas for hiking and nature observation. 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.
This property was purchased with grant funds from the National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation fund and bonds from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO).
Birds of Prey
How to Get Here
Map and Driving Directions
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.
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.
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov