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.

Wildflowers at Big Bend Wildlife Area

Places news & important dates

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Trout Derby opens May 23

The 2020 statewide Trout Derby is open as of May 23. Prize claims will open on the derby information page on June 1.  View the Derby website for rules and a list of lakes.


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Share your backyard wildlife photos!

Join us in celebrating backyard wildlife this April. Send us your best animal, habitat, or landscape photos from your property or neighborhood to enter our weekly backyard wildlife photo contest!