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.

Purplish blue lupine and yellow balsamroot flowers.
Photo by WDFW

Places news & important dates

Methow Sandhill crane pair
Photo by WDFW
Methow Wildlife Area partial closure for sandhill cranes

A section of the Big Valley Wildlife Area Unit is temporarily closed to provide undisturbed space for a pair of state endangered sandhill cranes to nest.

Volunteer ambassadors under a tent outdoors in a field.
Photo by Allie Tripp
WDFW lands ambassador program

WDFW is proud to partner with Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and the Methow Valley Trails Collaborative to launch the second pilot trailhead ambassador program in spring and summer of 2024.

Visit your WDFW lands

Mussel dog Fin
Photo by WDFW
Protect wildlife, leash dogs

Now through July 31, dogs are required to be leashed on WDFW lands. Consider leashing year-round to protect habitats and wildlife.

Dike-top trail on Nooksack Wildlife Area Unit
Photo by WDFW
Nooksack Unit of Whatcom Wildlife Area closed through Sept. 30

Popular wildlife and walking area near Bellingham closed to support vegetation on lower Nooksack River levee.

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People watching birds at the Sherman Creek Wildlife Area
Photo by WDFW
Wildlife viewing tips

Wildlife can be found anywhere in the state of Washington.

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