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.

Winter hike in the snow at Sinlahekin Wildlife Area.

Places news & important dates

Elk at the Oak Creek Wildlife Area
Winter closures to protect elk on Wenas, Oak Creek, and LT Murray wildlife areas

Learn more about annual winter closures for sections of the Wenas, Oak Creek, and L.T. Murray wildlife areas.

Sunset from the Methow Wildlife Area
Plan your visit: Discover Pass free days for 2023

Washington State Parks, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, and WDFW offer several "free days" when a Discover Pass is not required to visit these lands.

Visit your WDFW lands

Hands-on learning for students

Tag along as a group of eastern Washington students learn about shrubsteppe ecosystems through WDFW's Environmental Education program

E-bike in forested environment with fall leaves
WDFW, DNR release new legislative report on electric-assist biking on state-managed lands

The report recommends future decisions about e-bike use should be made as part of local or regional planning processes with input from tribal governments, resource experts, and the public.

A clean drain dry unit
New clean, drain, dry unit at Kettle Falls Marina

Help keep aquatic invasive species out of Lake Roosevelt

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