WDFW lands

A dramatic photo of a sunrise over a shrubsteppe habitat. Sunbeams streaking through the sky and dark clouds overhead.
Sunrise at the L.T. Murray Wildlife AreaJustin Haug

Welcome to your fish and wildlife lands and waters

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) provides active management for more than 1 million acres of publicly owned land and over 600 water access sites 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 access to 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.