Questions & Answers


We get a lot of questions. Is your's here? If so, great, that'll save us all time. If not, no problem; we'd be happy to answer your question. Just visit our Contact page to reach us by mail, email, or telephone.

What's fishing like now for [name the species]? 

We don't know. The state of Washington is the primary agency responsible for fishing. They keep track of things like that, so please contact them, or visit their web site at


Can I fish the Saddle Mountain Lakes? 

Not at this time. The area is still closed as a buffer zone around the cleanup of the K Basins. As the Department of Energy shrinks their buffer as cleanup progresses we might well open the lakes to fishing.


Is coyote hunting allowed? 

No. Only certain species that can be consumed can be hunted. Please visit our hunting regulations for the Monument at


Can I hunt elk on the Arid Lands Ecology Area (Rattlesnake Unit)? 

No. There is no general public access to the Rattlesnake Unit, and no hunting is allowed. It is legal to hunt elk on the open areas of the Wahluke Unit, although, admittedly, there are few elk there—yet.


Is camping allowed on the Monument? 

Sorry, there's no camping on the Monument. Camping is available at Benton County's Horn Rapids Park, Desert Aire, Mattawa, Kennewick's Columbia Park, facilities along Grant County's Priest Rapids and Wanapum Reservoirs, and other nearby facilities.


What's the best way to see the Monument? 

By boat. There are so many interesting things to see from the river, and in the desert, water concentrates wildlife. While we certainly don't endorse any commercial enterprises, if you don't have your own boat, you might want to see what Columbia River Journeys and Columbia Kayak Adventures has to offer.


Is paragliding from the Saddle Mountains allowed? 



Are field dog trials allowed? 

No. We used to allow them, but in this landscape horses are almost a prerequisite. Since we cannot allow cross-country horseback use due to resource protection needs, we decided that field dog trials were not an appropriate use of the Monument.


Can I take my [garden club, class, research group, astronomy club, etc.] to Rattlesnake Mountain? 

Rattlesnake Mountain and a large area around it are part of a designated traditional cultural property. In order to protect it's cultural value, there is no general public access. Occasionally, we lead tours on the Rattlesnake Unit, and we are working to provide more tours in the future. We will announce upcoming tours well in advance, so please keep checking back for announcements. And we encourage you to visit the Saddle Mountains, which are open 365 days/year, sunrise to sunset. The views are great—arguably better than those from Rattlesnake Mountain—and the vegetation is even better.