This section of the Washington Visitors Network
focuses on the northcentral region of Washington. From the boreal forests of the North Cascades to the irrigated farm lands of the Columbia Basin Project, diverse landscapes provide habitat for wolverine, grizzly bear, lynx, mule deer, sage and sharptail grouse, and pygmy rabbits. This important waterfowl area provides habitat for wintering, migrating and breeding ducks and geese migrating from Western Canada and Alaska to warmer climates.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife owns more than 300,000 acres which have been set aside for wildlife and public recreation. Most areas are open to hunting, fishing, camping, and a variety of other outdoor experiences. The agency also maintains 200 water and wildlife access areas adjacent to public lands, lakes, and streams.
This region's rivers and lakes support salmon and steelhead and provide the most popular bass, walleye, bluegill and trout fishing in the state. Some 400 high elevation lakes dot the Cascade Range within this region, most with self-sustaining populations of trout. More than 200 lakes in lowland areas are managed for trout and/or a variety of warmwater species.