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  • Wonder Mountain Wilderness is a designated wilderness area encompassing Wonder Mountain in the Olympic National Forest on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington in the United States. The wilderness was e...
  • The William O. Douglas Wilderness is a designated wilderness located in central portion of the U.S. state of Washington. It includes 168,232 acres (681 km²) located between the U.S. Route 12 and Stat...
  • Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is located on Willapa Bay, one of the most pristine estuaries in the United States. Willapa Bay is the second largest estuary on the Pacific coast and includes over 26...
  • The Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1937 by an Executive Order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt is located six miles (10 km) south of Cheney, Washington on the eastern edge of t...
  • The small Trapper Creek Wilderness area consists of 5,970 acres (24 km2) in southern Washington in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The wilderness covers nearly the entire Trapper Creek drainage a...
  • The Brothers Wilderness now contains a total of 16,682 acres and is managed by the Forest Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of Washington....
  • The Tatoosh Wilderness, located in Washington, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, is managed by the U.S. Forest Service and protects 15,750 acres (64 km2)....
  • Columbia River, 10 miles (16 km) east of Vancouver, Washington, the 1,049-acre (4.25 km2) Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge consists of historic riverine flood plain habitat, semi-permanent we...
  • The Skagit Wildlife Area is managed in 16 separate units totaling about 16,700 acres. Most are scattered throughout the west half of Skagit County, with some in Island, Snohomish and San Juan counties...
  • San Juan Islands Refuge consists of 83 rocks, reefs, grassy islands, and forested islands scattered throughout the San Juan Islands of northern Puget Sound. These islands, totaling almost 450 acres, w...
  • Saddle Mountain National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1953. However, on June 9, 2000, the refuge became part of the 196,000-acre Hanford Reach National Monument/Saddle Mountain National Wildlife...
  • The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex is comprised of four National Wildlife Refuges in southwestern Washington State. These Refuges share the common bond of the lower Columbia River. A once...
  • Quillayute Needles Refuge consists of a portion of 870 islands, rocks, and reefs extending for more than 100 miles along Washington's coast from Cape Flattery to Copalis Beach....
  • Protection Island Refuge is located near the mouth of Discovery Bay in the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Jefferson County, Washington. Approximately 70 percent of the nesting seabird population of Puget S...
  • Pierce National Wildlife Refuge is located in southwest Washington within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. It encompasses wetlands and uplands along the north shore of the Columbia River...
  • The Pasayten Wilderness is a 2145 km². protected area located within Okanogan National Forest and Mount Baker National Forest in Washington State, centered on the three forks of the Pasayten River, a...
  • Norse Peak Wilderness is located in central Washington in the United States. It protects the portion of the Cascade Range north of Chinook Pass (Highway 410), south of Naches Pass (Naches Trail), and ...
  • The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife preserve operated by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service on the Nisqually River Delta near Puget Sound in northeastern Thurston County, Was...
  • Mount Skokomish Wilderness is a designated wilderness area in the Olympic National Forest on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington in the United States. The wilderness area was established in 1984 and c...
  • Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, one of the most visited forests in the country, located east of Seattle, Washington on the west side of the Cascades between the Canadian border and Mt. Rainier N...
  • Few areas in North America support waterfowl populations in the extraordinary numbers found within McNary National Wildlife Refuge. Visitors enjoy spectacular concentrations of Canada geese, mallards,...
  • The Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge is located in northeast Washington, 13 miles southeast of Colville in Stevens County. Located on the west slope of the Selkirk Mountain Range, it is th...
  • Grays Harbor Estuary is one of four major staging areas for shorebirds in North America and one of the largest concentrations of shorebirds on the west coast, south of Alaska. Shorebirds gather here i...
  • Goat Rocks Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness Area in Washington, United States. Consisting of portions of Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Gifford Pinchot National Forest on the crest of the C...
  • Franz Lake Refuge is located in southwest Washington State, within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The refuge provides a variety of habitats including riparian wetlands, Columbia River ...
  • Flattery Rocks Refuge consists of a portion of 870 islands, rocks, and reefs extending for more than 100 miles along Washington's Pacific coast from Cape Flattery to Copalis Beach. These islands are p...
  • Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge is located along the northern coast of the Olympic Peninsula in Clallam County, Washington. President Woodrow Wilson established the Refuge on January 20, 1915 by Ex...
  • Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge’s lush seasonal marshes and vibrant forested uplands gleam at the base of the iconic snow-capped Mount Adams. Camas and buttercup blossoms sway throughout a wet ...
  • The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area encompasses 292,500 acres, the entire length of the Columbia River Gorge. It spans two states, extreme southern Washington and northern Oregon,and runs fr...
  • Colonel Bob Wilderness is a 48 km2 protected area located in the southwest corner of Olympic National Forest in Washington State. It is named after 19th century orator Robert Green Ingersoll....
  • Clearwater Wilderness, a small 14,300-acre (58 km2) wilderness created by Congress in the 1984 under the 1964 Wilderness Act establishing the National Wilderness Preservation System....
  • The Buckhorn Wilderness now contains a total of 44,258 acres and is managed by the Forest Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of Washington....
  • Boulder River Wilderness is a 48,674-acre (197 km2) wilderness area within the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in the western Cascade Range of Washington state....
  • The Alpine Lakes Wilderness is a large wilderness area spanning the Cascade Range of Washington state in the United States. The wilderness is located in parts of Wenatchee National Forest and Snoqualm...