National Wildlife Refuge System
Steelhead swim underwater in a rocky river bed. Photo: John and Karen Hollingsworth/USFWS
Pacific Region

California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington

Picture some of the most scenic vistas in the United States—towering mountains, the surging Pacific surf, evergreen forests, lush coastal wetlands and high desert lakes—and see them on national wildlife refuges in this region. Anglers visiting the region’s wildlife refuges will find species as diverse as sturgeon and sunfish, channel catfish and Chinook salmon, along with exceptional fisheries for bass and walleye. And, of course, trout: brook and brown and the natives—cutthroat, rainbow and the legendary steelhead. Saltwater will yield various salmon, striped bass, halibut and snapper.


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California

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

c/o San Francisco Bay NWR Complex, P.O. Box 524, Newark, CA 94560; (510) 792-0222; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/don_edwards_san_francisco_bay/. Office hours, 10:00 am-4:00 pm, except closed on all federal holidays. The refuge is open 7:00 am-6:00 pm, November to March, and 7:00 am-8:00 pm, April to October. Good access roads. Nearest main highways are I-880 and U.S. 101. Nearest communities are Fremont and Newark. Fishing is allowed year-round. Refuge waters include approximately 6 miles of shoreline plus one fishing pier. A fishing license is not required of anglers who use Dumbarton pier. Available species include striped bass, sculpin, shark, croaker, halibut, sturgeon and crabs.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Maps available / Public rest facilities / Hiking and nature trails / Information center

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge

Managed as part of Hopper Mountain NWR Complex, 1055 Guadalupe St. (Scenic Hwy. 1), Guadalupe, CA 93434; (805) 343-9151; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/guadalupe-nipomo_dunes/. Office hours, 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Nearest communities include the City of Guadalupe and Pismo Beach. Nearest highway is Hwy. 1. Surf fishing and access to the refuge is south along the shoreline half-a-mile south of the end of the boardwalk. For more information, go to http://www.dunescenter.org. Available species include surf perch and striped bass. The refuge has no facilities. Fishing season is year-round.

Amenities: Food nearby / Maps available / Hiking and nature trails / Information center

Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge

P.O. Box 576, Loleta, CA 95551; (707) 733-5406; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/humboldt_bay/. Office hours, 8:00 am-4:00 pm, daily. Hookton Slough Unit is open during daylight hours. Good access roads. Nearest main highway is Hwy. 101. Nearest communities are Fortuna and Eureka. Refuge waters include South Humboldt Bay. Fishing is permitted over refuge tidelands. Non-motorized boat launch and dock are at the Hookton Slough Unit. Public boat launch is at Fields Landing. Fishing season is year-round. Available species include shellfish, jacksmelt and shark.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Bait & tackle nearby / Maps available / Public rest facilities / Boat launching / Hiking and nature trails / Information center / Disabled angler facilities

Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

4009 Hill Rd., Tulelake, CA 96134; (503) 667-2231; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/klamath_marsh/. Office hours, 8:00 am-4:30 pm, daily. Refuge is open during daylight hours. Nearest main highway is U.S. 97. Good access roads. Nearest community is Chemult, OR. Public fishing is permitted along the Silver Lake Highway in the borrow ditch adjacent to the marsh. No boating is allowed.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Bait & tackle nearby / Maps available

Modoc National Wildlife Refuge

P.O. Box 1610, Alturas, CA 96101; (530) 233-3572; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/modoc/. Office hours, 7:30 am-4:00 pm. Refuge is open during daylight hours. Good access roads. Nearest main highway is U.S. 395. Nearest community is Alturas. Refuge waters include Dorris Reservoir (approximately 1,000 acres, when at full capacity) which is open to fishing February-September 30. Walk-in access only is available February 1-March 31. Boat access is open April 1-September 30. Available species include largemouth bass, catfish, sunfish and rainbow trout.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Maps available / Public rest facilities / Boat launching / Hiking and nature trails / Canoeing and kayaking / Information center / Disabled angler facilities

Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge

Packer Unit, managed as part of the Sacramento NWR Complex, 752 County Rd. 99W, Willows, CA 95988; (530) 934-2801; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/sacramento/. Office hours, 7:30 am-4:00 pm. Refuge is open sunrise to sunset. Nearest community is Ordbend. Nearest highway is Hwy. 45. The Packer Unit contains a 100-acre oxbow lake. Best time for angling is March-November for species such as bluegill and largemouth bass. A narrow dirt road provides access to an unimproved boat launch area. There is limited fishing from the shoreline. No facilities are available.

Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge

c/o San Francisco Bay NWR Complex, P.O. Box 524, Newark, CA 94560; (510) 792-0222; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/salinas_river/. Office hours (at San Francisco Bay NWR), 10:00 am-5:00 pm, except closed on all federal holidays. Salinas River NWR is open during daylight hours. Primitive access roads. Nearest main highway is Hwy. 1. Nearest communities are Seaside and Monterey. Salinas River NWR provides access to surf fishing via a 1/3-mile trail. Waters include the mouth of the Salinas River and Monterey Bay, with approximately 1 mile of shoreline open to surf fishing. Fishing is primarily for sea perch and shark. There are no facilities on Salinas River NWR.

Amenities: Hiking and nature trails

San Luis National Wildlife Refuge

P.O. Box 2176, Los Banos, CA 93635; (209) 826-3508; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/san_luis/. Office hours, 7:45 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Refuge is open a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset. Good access roads. Nearest main highways are I-5, Hwys. 99, 165 and 152. Nearest community is Los Banos. Refuge waters include Salt Slough and the San Joaquin River on the east side of Hwy. 165. The fishing season is year-round. Available species include striped bass, crappie and catfish. No boats are allowed.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Maps available / Public rest facilities / Hiking and nature trails / Canoeing and kayaking / Information center / Disabled angler facilities

San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge

c/o San Francisco Bay NWR Complex, P.O. Box 524, Newark, CA 94560; (510) 792-0222; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/san_pablo_bay/. Office hours (at San Francisco Bay NWR Complex), 10:00 am-5:00 pm, except closed on all federal holidays. San Pablo Bay NWR is open year-round during daylight hours. Nearest main highway is Hwy. 37. Nearest community is Vallejo. Fishing season is year-round by boat only on all open waters and navigable sloughs of the refuge, including lower reach of Tolay Creek and all of the northern portion of San Pablo Bay. No shoreline fishing is currently permitted. Saltwater species include flounder, striped bass, sturgeon, rays and sharks. Boat ramps are located in Vallejo, on the Napa and Petaluma Rivers.

Amenities: Hiking and nature trails

Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge

906 W. Sinclair, Calipatria, CA 92233; (760) 348-5278 http://www.fws.gov/refuge/sonny_bono_salton_sea/. Office hours, 7:00 am-3:30 pm, Monday-Friday. Refuge is open during daylight hours. Good access roads. Nearest main highways are Hwys. 111 and 86. Nearest communities are Niland, Calipatria, Westmoreland and Brawley. Refuge waters include Salton Sea, a saltwater inland "lake," saltier than the ocean. There are approximately 35,500 acres of refuge lake area open to fishing, with water ranging from shallow to about 20 feet deep. Fishing season is year-round. Available species include orangemouth corvina, sargo, gulf croaker and tilapia. Boat fishing only is permitted.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Primitive camping / Maps available / Public rest facilities / Boat launching / Hiking and nature trails / Information center

Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge

P.O. Box 334, Imperial Beach, CA 91933; (619) 575-1290; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/tijuana_slough/. Office hours, 7:30 am-4:00 pm, Monday- Friday. Refuge is open during daylight hours. Good access roads. Nearest main highway is I-5. Nearest community is Imperial Beach. Surf fishing access is below mean High Tide Line, but angler walk-in access is permitted through refuge. Fishing season is year-round. Available species include surf perch, croaker, corvina and California halibut. No boats are permitted. No fishing is allowed at the Tijuana River mouth, in the lagoon, sloughs or marsh areas. Fishing is permitted only in the ocean.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Public rest facilities / Hiking and nature trails / Information center

Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge

Rt. 1, Box 74, Tulelake, CA 96134; (916) 667-2231; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/upper_klamath/. Office hours, 8:00 am-4:30 pm, daily. Refuge is open during daylight hours. Good access roads. Nearest main highway is U.S. 97. Nearest community is Klamath Falls. Refuge waters include Upper Klamath Lake. Fishing season is year-round. Freshwater species include rainbow trout. The lake is covered in winter with thin ice.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Bait & tackle nearby / Maps available / Public rest facilities / Boat launching / Canoeing and kayaking

Hawaii

Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge

P.O. Box 87, Kilauea, HI 96754; (808) 828-1413; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/hanalei/. Office hours, 8:00 am-4:30 pm. Refuge is open during daylight hours. Good access roads. Nearest main highway is Hwy. 56. Nearest community is Hanalei. Refuge waters include Hanalei River. Fishing season is year-round; March-September for mullet. Other available species include milkfish, barracuda, mobi and shrimp.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Hiking and nature trails / Canoeing and kayaking

Kakahaia National Wildlife Refuge

Island of Molokai, HI, Maui NWR Complex, P.O. Box 1042, Milepost 6 Mokulele Hwy., Kihei, HI 96753; (808) 875-1582; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/kakahaia/. Office hours, 8:00 am-4:00 pm, daily. Access is for coastal area only located along Kamehameha V Highway (Hwy. 450). The nearest community is Kaunakakai. Refuge property includes approximately 1 mile of shoreline. Most common species in the ocean are omilu, weke a'a weke pueo, goatfish, hawkfish, surgeonfish, lai, kaku and snapper. Invertebrates most commonly taken include tako and ghost crab. No boats are permitted.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Managed as part of the Kauai NWR Complex, Kilauea Rd., Kauai, HI; (808) 828-1413; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/kilauea_point/. Office hours, 10:00 am-4:00 pm, daily. Nearest community is Kilauea. Surf fishing along the tidal shoreline from Rock Quarry to Mokolea Point is for various salt water species, including ulua, papio, barracuda and others. Fishing is allowed during daylight hours. There are no public facilities in this area of the refuge.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Maps available / Canoeing and kayaking

Idaho

Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge

370 Webster, Box 9, Montpelier, ID 83254; (208) 847-1757; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/bear_lake/. Office hours, 6:30 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Refuge is open daily during daylight hours. Good access roads. Nearest main highways are Hwy. 30 and U.S. 89. Nearest communities are Montpelier and Paris. Refuge waters open to fishing include Outlet Canal-A, a channelized portion of the Bear River (2 miles long, approximately 12 surface acres). Available species include brown and cutthroat trout, yellow perch and carp. Boat fishing is not allowed.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Maps available / Public rest facilities / Hiking and nature trails / Canoeing and kayaking

Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge (Lake Lowell Sector, Idaho)

13751 Upper Embankment Rd., Nampa, ID 83686; (208) 467-9278; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/deer_flat/. Office hours, 7:30 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Refuge is open daily. Good access roads. Nearest main highways are I-84, Hwys. 45 and 55. Nearest communities are Nampa-Caldwell and Boise. Refuge waters include Lake Lowell (8,800 acres). Fishing season is year-round with seasonal restrictions. Available species include rainbow trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch and catfish. Power craft are permitted April 15-October 1.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Public rest facilities / Boat launching / Hiking and nature trails / Canoeing and kayaking / Information center / Disabled angler facilities

Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge (Snake River Islands Sector, Idaho and Oregon)

13751 Upper Embankment Rd., Nampa, ID 83686; (208) 888-5582; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/deer_flat/. Office hours, 7:30 am-4:00 pm, Monday- Friday. Good access road. Nearest main highway is I-84. Nearest communities are Ontario, OR, and Payette, Nyssa and Weiser, ID. Refuge waters include Snake River. Fishing season is year-round. Available species include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish. Refuge islands are available by boat only. Islands are closed February 1-May 31.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Boat launching / Canoeing and kayaking

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge

HCR 60, Box 283, Bonners Ferry, ID 83805; (208) 267-3888; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/kootenai/. Office hours, 8:00 am-4:30 pm, Monday- Friday. Refuge is open during daylight hours. Good access roads. Nearest main highway is U.S. 95. Nearest communities are Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint. Refuge waters include 2.5 miles of stream, approximately 4 acres. Fishing season is generally late May-November. Available species include rainbow and brook trout.

Amenities: Lodging nearby / Primitive camping / Bait & tackle nearby / Maps available / Public rest facilities / Boat launching* / Hiking and nature trails / Canoeing and kayaking* / Information center / Disabled angler facilities*

*Nearby.

Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge

961 E. Minidoka Dam Rd., Rupert, ID 83350; (208) 436-3589; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/minidoka/. Office hours, 8:00 am-4:30 pm, Monday- Friday. Refuge is open during daylight hours. Access roads vary from good to primitive. Nearest main highways are I-84, I-86 and Hwy. 24. Nearest community is Rupert. Refuge waters include Lake Walcott; the reservoir behind Minidoka Dam (11,000 acres, of which 4,000 acres are open to boat fishing at certain times); Snake River, in the spillway area below Minidoka Dam (60 acres); and in Smith Spring and Gifford Spring boat-fishing lanes (80 and 200 acres, respectively). Boat fishing on Lake Walcott is permitted April 1-September 30 within the area designated by buoys. Boat fishing within the Smith Spring and Gifford Spring boat-fishing lanes is permitted year-round. Bank fishing is also permitted year-round. Available species include rainbow trout and smallmouth bass. In parts of the refuge, stay on designated access roads to protect fragile sagebrush-grassland habitat.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Bait & tackle nearby* / Maps available / Public rest facilities / Boat launching / Hiking and nature trails / Disabled angler facilities

*Nearby

Nevada

Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge

Box 510, Alamo, NV 89001; (775) 725-3417; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/pahranagat/. Office hours, 7:00 am-4:00 pm. Refuge is open daily. Fair access roads. Nearest main highway is U.S. 93. Nearest community is Alamo. Refuge waters include Middle Pond (100 acres), upper Pahranagat Lake and North Marsh (400 acres). Fishing season is year-round, except North Marsh is closed during waterfowl hunting season. Available species include largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead and carp. Electric motors only are allowed.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Primitive camping / Maps available / Public rest facilities / Hiking and nature trails / Canoeing and kayaking / Information center / Disabled angler facilities / No motors for boating

Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge

HC 60 Box 860, Ruby Valley, NV 89833; (775) 779-2237; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/ruby_lake/. Office hours, 7:00 am-4:00 pm. Refuge is open 1 hour before sunrise until 2 hours after sunset. Fair access roads; 30-35 miles are dirt/gravel. Nearest main highways are U.S. 50, 93 and I-80. Nearest community is Elko. Refuge waters include South Marsh; Units 10, 13, 14, 20 and 21; Gravel Pit Pond; Willow Pond; North County Line Pond; and Hidden Springs Pond. (Note that there are no open-water lakes, only wetlands interspersed with cattails and bulrush, which form a maze of channels.) Fishing season is year-round. Species include rainbow, brook, cutthroat and brown trout as well as largemouth bass. No boats are permitted January 1-June 14; non-motorized boats and boats with battery-powered electric motors are permitted June 15-July 31; non-motorized boats and boats propelled by gas motors 10 hp or less are permitted August 1-December 31.

Amenities: Primitive camping / Maps available / Public rest facilities / Boat launching / Hiking and nature trails / Canoeing and kayaking / Information center / Disabled angler facilities / No motors for boating

Oregon

Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

83673 North Bank Lane, P.O. Box 99, Bandon, OR 97411; (541) 347-1470; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/bandon_marsh/. Office is staffed intermittently. Fair access roads. Nearest community is Bandon. Fishing is permitted only on Bandon Marsh Unit, west of U.S. Hwy. 101. Fishing area of refuge is open during daylight hours. Nearest highway is U.S. Hwy. 101. Primary fishing is shellfishing on refuge mudflats. Fishing season is year-round.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Bait & tackle nearby / Maps available

Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge

P.O. Box 111, Lakeview, OR 97630; (541) 947-2731; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/hart_mountain/. Office hours, 7:00 am-4:30 pm Monday-Thursday, 7:00 am-3:30 pm Friday. Poor access roads. Nearest main highways are U.S. 395 and Hwy. 140. Fishing is available in Rock and Guano Creeks and Warner Pond. Nearest community is Lakeview.

Amenities: Maps available / Hiking and nature trails

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

36391 Sodhouse Lane, Princeton, OR 97721; (541) 493-2612; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/malheur/. Office hours, 7:00 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Thursday; 7:00 am-3:30 pm, Friday. The refuge is open from dawn to dusk. Good access roads. Nearest main highway is Hwy. 78. Nearest community is Princeton. Anglers may fish year-round from Page Dam to the confluence of the Blitzen River and Bridge Creek on the following waterways: Blitzen River, East Canal, Mud Creek and Bridge Creek. Anglers may fish on Krumbo Reservoir from the fourth Saturday in April until the end of October. Available species are primarily crappie, largemouth bass, rainbow trout and redband trout. Non-motorized boats and boats with electric motors are authorized on Krumbo Reservoir.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Maps available / Public rest facilities / Boat launching / Hiking and nature trails / Information center / Disabled angler facilities / No motors for boating

McKay Creek National Wildlife Refuge

Managed as part of the Mid-Columbia River NWR Complex, P.O. Box 2527, Pasco, WA 99302; (509) 545-8588; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/mckay_creek/. Office hours, 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Monday- Friday. Refuge is open 24 hours a day during fishing season. Fair access roads. Nearest main highway is Hwy. 395. Nearest community is Pendleton. Fishing on the refuge is at the McKay Creek Reservoir, which consists of 1,300 acres of water at full pool and decreases to an average of 250 acres of water by late September. Fishing is available March 1-September 30. Available species include rainbow trout, crappie, black bass, sunfish and yellow perch. The refuge's facilities include a seasonal boat launch.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Maps available / Boat launching / Canoeing and kayaking

Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Paterson Ferry Rd., Irrigon c/o P.O. Box 2527, Pasco, WA 99302; (509) 545-8588; http://www.fws.gov/mcriver//. Office hours, 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Good access roads. The refuge is open daily from dawn to dusk. Nearest main highway is Hwy. 12. Nearest communities are Irrigon, Boardman, Umatilla and Hermiston. Refuge waters include small gravel ponds and a lake created by a hydroelectric dam on the Columbia River. Fishing is available March 1-September 30. The sloughs on the McCormack Unit are closed to fishing to protect fragile waterfowl habitat. Available species include steelhead, salmon, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, perch, walleye, catfish and sturgeon.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Bait & tackle nearby* / Maps available / Public rest facilities / Boat launching** / Canoeing and kayaking / No motors for boating

*Bait and tackle are available in nearby communities. **Boat launch is on property between the refuge and the state fish hatchery.

Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge

P.O. Box 111, U.S. Post Office Building, Lakeview, OR 97630; (503) 947-3315; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/sheldon/. Office hours, 8:00 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Refuge is open daily. Nearest main highway is Hwy. 140. Nearest community is Lakeview. Primitive access roads. Refuge waters include Dufurrena Ponds (20 acres) and Big Springs Reservoir (335 acres). Fishing season is May 15-November 15. Freshwater species include rainbow trout, largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish and yellow perch. Only motorless boats are permitted on Big Springs Reservoir and only float tubes on Dufurrena Ponds. Catnip Reservoir (120 acres) is also open September 1-November 15. This is catch and release only, with only single barbless hooks for cutthroat trout.

Amenities: Maps available

Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge

Managed as part of the Mid-Columbia River NWR Complex, is located near Irrigon, OR and Paterson, WA. The mailing address for the refuge is Mid-Columbia River NWR Complex, P.O. Box 2527 Pasco, WA 99302; (509) 545-8588; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/umatilla/. Office hours, 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Nearest main highway is Hwy. 730. Fishing is available in the refuge's ponds and backwaters and on the Columbia River. Available species include bass, crappie and carp in the refuge ponds and sturgeon, salmon, steelhead, walleye, crappie, sunfish, trout and bass in the Columbia River. Access to fishing areas is by rough unpaved roads.

Amenities: Food nearby / Boat launching* / Canoeing and kayaking

*Boat launch is primitive and only for smaller boats.

Washington

Columbia National Wildlife Refuge

735 E. Main, P.O. Drawer F, Othello, WA 99344; (509) 488-2668; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/columbia/. Office hours, 7:00 am-4:30 pm, Monday- Thursday; 7:00 am-3:30 pm, Friday. Refuge is open during daylight hours. Good access roads. Nearest main highways are Hwy. 17 and I-90. Nearest community is Othello. Refuge waters include 145 acres of ponds, 841 acres of lakes and 17.8 miles of streams. Freshwater species include rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, sunfish, yellow perch and whitefish. Fishing, boats or other flotation devices are not allowed on impoundments on and along Crab Creek in Marsh Units I and II. Both powered and non-powered boats are allowed on all other waters open for fishing, except use of gasoline motors is prohibited on Upper and Lower Hampton, Hutchinson and Shiner Lakes.

Amenities: Boat launching / Hiking and nature trails / Canoeing and kayaking / No motors for boating

Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge

100 Wildlife Refuge Rd., P.O. Box 5, Glenwood, WA 98619; (509) 364-3410; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/conboy_lake/. Office hours, 7:30 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Refuge is open during daylight hours. Good access roads. Nearest main highways are Hwy. 14 and 141. Nearest communities are Glenwood and White Salmon. Refuge waters include Outlet Creek. Season usually runs from June 1-October 31. Available species include brook and rainbow trout and bullhead. No boats are permitted.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Bait & tackle nearby / Maps available / Public rest facilities / Hiking and nature trails

Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

Managed as part of the Washington Maritime NWR Complex, 33 South Barr Rd., Port Angeles, WA 98362; (360) 457-8451; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/dungeness/. Office hours, 7:30 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Nearest community is Dungeness. Nearest highway is Hwy. 101. Available species include Chinook and Coho salmon, flounder and shellfish. State seasonal fishing regulations apply, as do periodic health closures on the shellfish fisheries. The refuge is open during daylight hours. Refuge waters are closed to all uses October 1-May 14. Public boat launch is available off Marine Drive.

Amenities: Lodging nearby / Primitive camping* / Public rest facilities / Hiking and nature trails

*Nearby

Hanford Reach National Monument/Saddle Mountain National Wildlife Refuge

3250 Port of Benton Blvd., Richland, WA 99354; (509) 371-1801. For more information, go to http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Hanford_Reach/Saddle_Mountain.html. Office hours, 7:00 am-4:30 pm. The monument/refuge is open daily from 2 hours before sunrise to 2 hours after sunset. Nearest community is Richland. Nearest highway is Hwy. 240. Special angling highlights are the nation's largest remaining Columbia River fall Chinook salmon run and sturgeon population. Available species include largemouth and smallmouth bass, and steelhead. Methods generally involve motorboat trolling or drifting, and bait and fly fishing from the river shore. The refuge's facilities for anglers are a narrow, 2-lane concrete ramp at the White Bluffs launch. Primitive launches are located just downstream of the Monument at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's Ringold Fish Hatchery, and near the Vernita Bridge rest area. Developed launches are available downstream of the monument in Richland, Kennewick and Pasco city parks. Fishing season is year-round.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Maps available / Boat launching / Hiking and nature trails / Canoeing and kayaking

Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tail Deer

P.O. Box 566, Cathlamet, WA 98612; (360) 795-3915; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/julia_butler_hansen/. Office hours, 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Refuge is open during daylight hours. Good access roads. Nearest main highway is Hwy. 4. Nearest community is Cathlamet. Refuge waters include Elochoman and Columbia Rivers. Fishing season is year-round. Available species include steelhead, Chinook and Coho salmon, largemouth bass and sturgeon.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Public rest facilities / Canoeing and kayaking / Information center

Lewis & Clark National Wildlife Refuge

P.O. Box 566, Cathlamet, WA 98612; (360) 795-3915; http://www.fws.gov/lc/. Office hours, 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Refuge is open during daylight hours. Refuge is accessible by boat only. Nearest main highway is Hwy. 30. Nearest community is Astoria. Refuge waters include the Columbia River. Fishing season is generally open for at least one species year-round. Species include Chinook and Coho salmon and sturgeon.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Bait & tackle nearby / Maps available / Boat launching / Hiking and nature trails / Canoeing and kayaking / Disabled angler facilities

Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge

1310 Bear Creek Rd., Colville, WA 99114; (509) 684-8384; For more information, go to http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Little_Pend_Oreille/. Office hours, 7:30 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Nearest community is Coleville. Nearest highway is Hwy 395. The refuge is open daily; road and area closures vary with season. Fishing opportunities include 3 lakes and the Little Pend Oreille River. Bayley Lake (50 acres) and McDowell Lake (47 acres) are fly-fishing only, primarily catch and release, and only non-motorized boats are allowed. Potter's Pond (15 acres) has a 5-fish limit, and electric motors are allowed. The Little Pend Oreille River (9.9 miles) is selective gear only and mostly catch and release.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Primitive camping / Maps available / Public rest facilities / Boat launching / Hiking and nature trails / Canoeing and kayaking / Information center / Disabled angler facilities / No motors for boating

McNary National Wildlife Refuge

Burbank, c/o Mid-Columbia River NWR Complex, P.O. Box 2527, Pasco, WA 99302; (509) 545-8588; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/mcnary/. Office hours 7:00 am-4:00 pm Monday-Thursday, 7:00 am-3:00 pm Friday. Nearest community is Burbank. Most of the units of McNary NWR can be reached from Hwy. 12/395. The Strawberry Island Unit and the Hanford Islands Units can be reached only by boat. Refuge waters include sloughs, ponds and parts of the Columbia, Snake and Walla Walla Rivers. Available species include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, catfish, walleye and salmon. Boat launches are available on the Peninsula and Wallula units.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Primitive camping / Maps available / Public rest facilities / Boat launching / Hiking and nature trails / Disabled angler facilities / No motors for boating

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

100 Brown Farm Rd., Olympia, WA 98516; (360) 753-9467; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/billy_frank_jr_nisqually/. Office hours, 7:30 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Refuge is open during daylight hours. Good access roads. Nearest main highway is I-5. Nearest communities are Olympia and Tacoma. Refuge waters include the Nisqually River, with 3.3 miles of boat access, and McAllister Creek, with 3/4 mile bank fishing and 2 miles of boat access. There are approximately 50 acres of extremely shallow estuary. Only boat access is allowed. Available species include sea-run cutthroat trout, steelhead, Chinook, Coho and chum salmon and flounder. Public boat launch is at Luhr Beach Public Ramp.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Maps available / Public rest facilities / Hiking and nature trails / Canoeing and kayaking / Information center

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

P.O. Box 457, Ridgefield, WA 98642; (360) 887-4106; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/ridgefield/. Office hours, 7:30 am-5:00 pm, Monday- Friday. Refuge is open during daylight hours. Good access roads. Nearest main highway is I-5. Nearest communities are Ridgefield and Vancouver. Fishing is limited to the waters of Lake River, ponds adjacent to the Oaks-to-Wetlands Trail and Gee Creek of the Carty Unit. Fishing season is March-October. Available species include cutthroat trout, steelhead, largemouth bass, catfish and sturgeon. Only bank fishing is allowed. No boats or floating devices may be used in the refuge.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Bait & tackle nearby / Maps available / Public rest facilities / Hiking and nature trails

Willapa National Wildlife Refuge

3888 SR 101, Ilwaco, WA 98624; (360) 484-3482; http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Willapa/. Office hours, 7:30 am-4:30 pm, Monday- Friday. Refuge is open daily. Good access roads. Nearest highway is U.S. 101. Nearest communities are Ilwaco and Longbeach. Refuge waters include portions of Willapa Bay and the Bear River. Fishing season is year-round. Available saltwater species include chum salmon and sturgeon. Fishing, from boat or bank, is permitted on Willapa Bay only. No fishing is permitted in the freshwater streams, impoundments or sloughs. Boats are required for access to Long Island Unit.

Amenities: Food nearby / Lodging nearby / Primitive camping / Bait & tackle nearby / Maps available / Public rest facilities / Boat launching / Hiking and nature trails / Canoeing and kayaking / Disabled angler facilities

Last updated: June 6, 2016
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