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.

Methow Valley Wildlife Area

Places news & important dates

Pile of trash outside of a restroom at WDFW wildlife area
Pack out your garbage with you

Help us keep the outdoors a clean and welcoming place for everyone! Please pack out your own trash, especially if a garbage can is already full. If you see an issue at a wildlife area or water access area, please let us know by reporting the problem online. 


Regional Director Larry Phillips cuts ribbon to celebrate completion of major renovation project at Long Lake access area in Thurston County.
Major renovations complete at two water access areas

We recently completed major renovation projects to install new ADA-accessible boat ramps, restrooms, and parking areas at Long Lake and Lake Lawrence in Thurston County.