South Puget Sound
Wildlife Area Location

Darric Lowery
PO Box 609
Rochester, WA 98579
(360) 273-5126

Wildlife Areas
South Puget Sound Wildlife Area
Union River Unit
The 452-acre Union River Unit, located in Mason County at the inland terminus of Hood Canal, is part of a larger complex of conservation and recreation lands that encompass Lynch Cove, the mouth of the Union River, and surrounding forested shorelines. The site is managed for multiple uses, including passive recreation, nature study, hunting, and habitat restoration. Local habitat and recreation management partners include the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group (The Salmon Center) and the North Mason School District (Theler Community Center).

Public Use Opportunities

Viewing Opportunities


  • Birds of Prey
  • Eagles
  • Marine Birds
  • Shorebirds
  • Songbirds
  • Wading Birds
  • Waterfowl
  • Mammals

  • Deer
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    The main vehicle entrance to the Union River Unit is shared with The Salmon Center at 600 NE Roessel Road in Belfair. The site can also be accessed by foot via the Theler Community Center trail system.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    The designated parking area and restroom are indicated on the informational kiosk.
    Other Information
    The site is open during daylight hours only.
    Access Site #2
    Driving Directions
    A small parking area with hand boat launch is located on SR 300 about 0.7 mile southwest of Belfair.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Turn south into the parking area just east of NE Sand Hill Rd. No restroom is available at this site.
    Other Information
    Water access for WDFW-designated hunting blinds (Special Area Restriction, WAC 232-16-750).
    Unique Features
    Interpretive trail, bird watching, waterfowl hunting, and estuary restoration.
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
    Green Dot Maps
    • Bird watching
    • Boating
    • 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.