WDFW COVID-19/Coronavirus response and updates

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is keeping the health and well-being of all Washingtonians in mind as the state comes together in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). See Department of Health guidance and the statewide joint response website.

Closures and restrictions

Updated Oct. 12, 2020

WDFW reopened most recreational fishing, hunting, wildlife areas, and water access areas in a phased approach following the state’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

7 tips to recreate responsibly

Please recreate responsibly to protect yourself, others, and the outdoors. 

WDFW Offices, Facilities, and Outreach

  • WDFW offices: Regional offices and the Olympia headquarters office remain closed to the public until further notice. Staff will not be available for walk-in services but are still on the clock, and available by telephone. If you need to pick up an item, they may still be available to assist you. For phone and email contact information, visit the Contact Us webpage.
  • Hatcheries: WDFW fish hatcheries are closed to the public.
  • Outreach: With the current and predicted high levels of community spread of COVID-19, WDFW’s Executive Management Team has made the decision that department staff will not be attending outreach events in January or February 2021. We are disappointed yet looking forward to attending and hosting in-person events again in the future. Please watch our web calendar for additional ways to connect with us during these times.

Fishing and Shellfishing


  • Changes to animal sealing: When you harvest a bighorn sheep, black bear, bobcat, cougar, mountain goat, river otter, any other animal that requires sealing or pinning this season, you must schedule an inspection through a regional office or Olympia headquarters.

    In addition to scheduling your inspection, we ask that you practice physical distancing and wear a face covering to your inspection appointment.

  • Hunter Education and Master Hunter Permit Program: WDFW is currently not able to hold Master Hunter Permit Program exams or in-person hunter education classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The department has canceled the 2020 open application period for the Master Hunter Permit Program. 

WDFW-Managed Lands