Waterfowl hunting is permitted in designated areas on the Nisqually River Delta during the fall and winter hunt season. The Federal Duck Stamp is required and the State of Washington's hunting season and regulations apply.
All portions of the Refuge are closed to waterfowl hunting unless specifically identified. Refer to the 2022-2023 hunting brochure for details.
Access to Hunting Areas
Access is by boat only. Foot access to the marsh is not permitted. The nearest boat launch is at Luhr's Landing on the west side of the Delta. This facility is managed by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Service and a Discover Pass is required.
Where You Can Hunt
The designated waterfowl hunting areas in the Nisqually Delta totals 1,155 acres:
Federal Lands (Refuge) jurisdiction- 530 acres
State (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife) jurisdictions - 625 acres
Waterfowl hunting is permitted on the Black River by boat only. Hunters and hunting dogs are neither allowed to access the River through Refuge property nor land from the water.
Where You Can’t Hunt
All portions of the Refuge are closed to waterfowl hunting UNLESS specifically identified as open to hunting. The Research Natural Area and Sanctuary Area are not open to public hunting. Watch for No Hunting or Area Closed signs.
Shot must be U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved non-toxic shot. All Washington State hunting regulations are in effect. There is a 25 shell limit. Check Washington State Regulations for current year information. Call the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (360-902-2200) or the Refuge (360-753-9467) for complete information on hunting regulations.
Hunters may not enter closed areas to retrieve dead or crippled birds. Allow enough room between the closed boundary and where you are hunting to retrieve birds properly.
2022-2023 Hunt Dates
- Geese: October 15 - 27, 2022 and November 5, 2022 - January 29, 2023
- Ducks: October 15 - 23, 2022 and October 26, 2022 - January 29, 2023
- Scaup: November 5, 2022 - January 29, 2023
- Youth: February 4, 2023
- Active Military and Veterans: February 4, 2023