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.

View of lake and surrounding hills in the Methow Wildlife Area, Big Buck Unit

Places news & important dates

The Sheep Creek shooting range
Summer target shooting rules go into effect on the Wenas Wildlife Area

Annual summer target shooting rules go into effect next week on the Wenas Wildlife Area in an effort to reduce the risk of wildfire.

Dog on leash in the sunshine
Recreate responsibly with your dog

The Department reminds visitors to WDFW wildlife areas to keep dogs and other pets leashed April 1 through July 31 to help protect habitat, wildlife and people.

Visit your WDFW lands

Students from Warden Middle School test the infiltration rate of the soil.
Desert Wildlife Area Unit serves as outdoor classroom

Students explore how humans can help species and their habitats in the face of climate change.

WDFW staff at an event booth with kid.
Volunteer with us

Volunteer opportunities will vary but include urban habitat restoration projects, tabling at public events, assisting with environmental education, and some at-home volunteer opportunities.

Wildfire sunset
Before you go: Check for wildfire updates

Learn more about any wildfire-related restrictions and tips to recreate responsibly this summer.

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