The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife law and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country.  Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law. Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activates to go forward.

There are plenty of great reasons to plan a visit to the Hanford Reach National Monument. There are no entrance fees, and few activities require a permit. In fact, no permits are needed for allowed recreational activities, such as boating, hiking, biking on roads, etc. Hunting and fishing only require the usual licenses required by the state of Washington; all other licenses required by the state are also needed.

Other specific activities, like scientific research, access to closed areas, etc., would require a Special Use Permit from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Please contact the main office at for details.