South Puget Sound
Wildlife Area Location

CONTACT INFORMATION
Shane Belson
Manager
1111 Washington St SE
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 902-2812

 
Wildlife Areas
South Puget Sound Wildlife Area
South Puget Sound Unit
The 90-acre South Puget Sound Unit is located within the city limits of Lakewood in Pierce County.  The tract was acquired in the 1920s and was the site of the former South Tacoma Game Farm and South Tacoma Hatchery.  The game farm operation was discontinued in 1980s, but the hatchery still operates and is now the Lakewood Fish Hatchery.

The property is one of the last remnants of south Sound prairie ecosystem that once stretch across thousands of acres in the region.  Although now surrounded by urban development, the property continues to support a variety of species that are adapted to open grassland habitats.

Hunting Opportunities
The entire South Puget Sound Unit is a designated Safety Zone. It is unlawful to hunt at this Unit.

Pets
Pets must be leashed and under owner's control (WAC 232-13-180; RCW 77-15-230)".


Viewing Opportunities

Birds

  • Birds of Prey
  • Songbirds
  • Waterfowl
  • Mammals

  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From I-5 Southbound: 1. Take Exit 129 toward SO 72 St / SO 84 St, go 0.2 miles. 2. Take the SO. 74 St West ramp, go 0.2 miles. 3. Turn Slight Right onto 74th St W, go 2.3 miles. 4. 74th St W becomes Custer Rd W, go 1.2 miles. 5. Turn Right onto 88th St SW, go 0.3 miles. 6. Stay Straight to go onto Steilacoom Blvd SW, go 0.2 miles. 7. Turn Right onto Phillips Rd SW, go 0.6 miles. 8. End at 7801 Phillips Rd SW, Lakewood, WA 98498-6345 From I-5 Northbound: 1. Take the Bridgeport Way exit, Exit 125, toward McChord A.F.B., go 0.2 miles. 2. Turn Left onto Bridgeport Way SW, go 2.3 miles. 3. Turn Left onto Steilacoom Blvd SW, go 0.7 miles. 4. Turn Left to stay on Steilacoom Blvd SW, go 0.2 miles. 5. Turn Right onto Phillips Rd SW, go 0.6 miles. 6. End at 7801 Phillips Rd SW, Lakewood, WA 98498-6345
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Large Parking Area, no restroom facilities.
    Other Information
    Closed during hours of darkness.
    Unique Features
    Paved Handicapped accessible trail.
     
       OTHER INFORMATION
    South Puget Sound Wildlife Area Management Plan
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
       MAPPING
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
       OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
    No activities currently listed for this Unit.
     

    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.