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 COVID-19. See Department of Health guidance and the statewide joint response website.

Closures and restrictions

Last updated: Aug. 25, 2021

#RecreateResponsibly to protect yourself, others, and the outdoors. Review the guidelines below before heading out on your outdoor adventure! 

English: Responsible recreation guidelines (PDF)
Español: Pautas para la recreación responsable (PDF)
Viêt: Hướng Dẫn Vui Chơi Giải Trí Có Trách Nhiệm (PDF)
русский: Руководство по ответственному отдых (PDF)

WDFW Offices, Hatcheries, & 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: We are looking forward to attending and hosting in-person events again in the future. Please watch our web calendar for ways to connect with us.  

Fishing & 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 offering in-person hunter education classes, and also has an online course option. Visit the hunter education webpage for details.  

Wildlife & Water Access Areas

  • Facilities: Visitors, anglers, and hunters should only venture out well prepared. Be ready to change plans if sites appear congested.
  • Report an issue: Please report any issues you experienced while visiting WDFW-managed wildlife areas or water access areas.  
  • Wildfire risks: Some wildlife and water access areas are closed due to high risk of wildfire. Visit the wildfire information webpage for details.