Water Access Sites

Adopt an Access Program

What is Adopt an Access?
The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife is looking for a few good men – and women, students and organizations – to provide safe, clean boating and fishing experiences for Washington’s outdoors recreationists. With over 625 access sites across the state, we need help in maintaining this rich heritage. So, we created the Adopt-an-Access Program to provide interested individuals and civic organizations with the necessary tools and training to “adopt” a local access site. If you are the type who likes to roll up your sleeves and go to work, making this state a better place, this program is for you.

By Adopting-an-Access you help:

    Snohomish Sportsmen Association
    Flowing Lake, Skagit County
  • Maintain beautiful recreational access areas
  • Build community pride
  • Foster responsible use of Department of Fish and Wildlife lands and facilities

Why Adopt an Access?

Volunteer activities include:

  • Maintaining access areas
  • Serving as access site stewards
  • Provide information

How to Adopt-an-Access?

Adopt-an-Access means:

  • An orientation process
  • Sign an Adopt-an-Access Agreement
  • WDFW provides and installs a sign with the name of the volunteer individual or group at access location

Adopt-an-Access Agreement

Project expectations:

  • All projects require a minimum of five months volunteer committment
  • Complete monthly volunteer timesheets
  • Site-specific training and safety instructions will be provided
  • WDFW volunteer baseball cap, work gloves, and litterbags will be provided
Program Contact Information

For more information on the Adopt an Access Program please contact:

Shane Belson
Water Access Coordinator
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Wildlife Program / Lands Division
PO Box 43141
Olympia, WA 98504-3200


American Lake HomeOwners and Tillicum Neighborhood Associations
American Lake, Pierce County
Lower Lake Cushman, Mason County
ECO Volunteers
Silver Lake, Spokane County

Lake Kapowsin, Pierce County