Water access areas

Recreate responsibly to protect yourself, others, and the outdoors.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) manages hundreds of water access areas throughout Washington, providing recreational access to the state’s lakes, rivers, and marine waters. Some WDFW owned properties are managed for water access by other agencies and are subject to those agencies’ rules.

A Discover Pass or Vehicle Access Pass is required at all WDFW recreation lands. A Vehicle Access Pass provides access only to WDFW lands and is provided with the purchase of many hunting and fishing licenses. Discover Passes can be purchased separately and provide access to additional state lands, including state parks.

WDFW does not regulate the general use of watercraft on lakes, ponds, reservoirs, rivers, marine areas, or other waters. Boating restrictions, including motorized boating prohibitions, are established by local ordinance. Consult your local county or city for information.

Camping is allowed on select eastside water access areas. Camping facilities such as tent or RV pads, fire rings, and picnic tables are generally not provided.

Find water access areas

ADA facilities
Name County ADA facilities
Botts Asotin
Boulder River Snohomish
Bridge One Okanogan Parking, Restroom
Brooks Slough Wahkiakum
Bryant Lake Snohomish
Buck Lake Kitsap
Buckshot Grant Parking, Restroom
Buena Pond Yakima
Burke Lake East Grant
Burke Lake South Grant Parking
Burke Lake West Grant
Buzzard Lake Okanogan
C. Boggan Asotin
Cady Lake Mason
Cain Lake Whatcom
Caldwell Lake Pend Oreille
Caliche Lakes Grant Parking
Campbell Lake Okanogan
Canyon Creek 1 Snohomish
Canyon Creek 2 Snohomish
Carlton Okanogan Parking, Restroom
Carney Lake Pierce
Cedar Creek Clark
Cedar Lake Stevens
Chain Lake Snohomish