Places to Go

There are countless ways to get outside in Washington. Whether hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, hiking, horseback riding, boating, or camping, the Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to make it easy for you to do the things you love, from Puget Sound and the Pacific coast to the Columbia Basin and the rolling hills of the Palouse.

Purplish blue lupine and yellow balsamroot flowers.
Photo by WDFW

Places news & important dates

Methow Sandhill crane pair
Photo by WDFW
Methow Wildlife Area partial closure for sandhill cranes

A section of the Big Valley Wildlife Area Unit is temporarily closed to provide undisturbed space for a pair of state endangered sandhill cranes to nest.

Wildfire at dusk
Photo by WDFW
Eastern Washington fire restrictions in effect

Restrictions on campfires, target shooting, and other activities went into effect July 1 on WDFW-managed lands in Eastern Washington to reduce wildfire risk.

Visit your WDFW lands

Mussel dog Fin
Photo by WDFW
Protect wildlife, leash dogs

Now through July 31, dogs are required to be leashed on WDFW lands. Consider leashing year-round to protect habitats and wildlife.

Dike-top trail on Nooksack Wildlife Area Unit
Photo by WDFW
Nooksack Unit of Whatcom Wildlife Area closed through Sept. 30

Popular wildlife and walking area near Bellingham closed to support vegetation on lower Nooksack River levee.

Volunteer ambassadors under a tent outdoors in a field.
Photo by Allie Tripp
Become a WDFW lands ambassador

WDFW is working with Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and the Methow Valley Trails Collaborative for the second year of the trailhead ambassador program in summer 2024.

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