The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) provides active management for more than 1 million acres of publicly owned land and over 500 water access areas throughout the state. Our vision is a Washington where fish and wildlife thrive in healthy habitats, and where people experience and enjoy our state's natural gifts for generations to come.
By actively managing lands, restoring habitats, and preserving wild places, the department serves as stewards for Washington's natural places, protecting the state's land and water for its human and wildlife populations.
In addition to acquiring land for wildlife and their habitat, WDFW purchases lands in an effort to preserve Washington's natural and cultural heritage, provide access for hunting, fishing, and wildlife-related recreation, and foster outdoor experiences and exploration throughout the state. We do this to support the species and habitats of Washington and ensure they prosper for our collective enjoyment well into the future.
We welcome you to explore your fish and wildlife lands and waters, learn about our stewardship efforts, get engaged in planning and stewarding with us, and make memories at these magnificent places.
Report a problem: Please report any issues you experience while visiting WDFW-managed lands. Submit a report online or call 360-902-2515.
WDFW manages dozens of wildlife areas around the state, many of which offer public access and serve as key parts of the department's conservation efforts.
Water access areas
WDFW manages hundreds of water access areas throughout Washington, providing recreational access to the state’s lakes, rivers, and marine waters.
Washington wildfire information
Stay up to date on the latest fire restrictions and fire-related closures on WDFW-managed lands.
Learn more about WDFW's process for acquiring lands in Washington, and see current acquisition projects.
Recreational opportunities and rules
Learn more about the recreational opportunities on your WDFW lands and the best practices to observe when visiting.
Buy a Discover Pass online for access to WDFW, DNR, and state park lands in Washington, and learn about WDFW's Vehicle Access Pass.
Current restoration projects on WDFW lands
Several estuary restoration projects are ongoing at wildlife areas and water access areas across the Puget Sound region.
WDFW working lands
Learn more about the activities that define your WDFW working lands.
Wildlife area management planning
Information about the wildlife area planning process, which guides management for each of WDFW’s 33 wildlife areas.
Green Dot maps
Want a great way to get into the Washington backcountry? Follow the green dots.