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.

Ponderosa pines

Places news & important dates

Bull and cow elk stand on a snowy slope
Wildlife area seasonal closures in South Central Washington

Portions of the Oak Creek, L.T. Murray, and Wenas wildlife areas are closed to the public to protect wintering elk. 

Crews conduct prescribed burn in eastern Washington
Actively managing healthy forests

The department uses a variety of tools for forest health management, including prescribed fire, fuel breaks, and forest thinning. In 2019, WDFW burned 1,400 acres and thinned 5,000 acres.