About WDFW

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and perpetuating the state’s fish, wildlife, and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.

Headquartered in Olympia, the department maintains six regional offices and manages dozens of wildlife areas and hundreds of water access areas around the state, offering fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, and other recreational opportunities for the residents of Washington.

Department staff work to exemplify the following values:

  • Accountability, we hold ourselves and each other responsible for acting consistent with our values and mission.
  • Service, we add value to Washington communities and seek to improve the public’s experience.
  • Professionalism, we serve in a manner that reflects positively on the Department and on ourselves.
  • Integrity, we are consistently open, honest, ethical, and genuine in our actions.
  • Respect, we treat each other with dignity.
  • Empathy, we take time to understand and appreciate others.
A woman waves a tag scanner over a salmon, held by a man.
Photo by WDFW