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#RecreateResponsibly to Protect Yourself, Others, and the Outdoors

During this public health crisis, spending time in outdoor spaces has become even more important for many Americans. Yet these unusual circumstances mean that all of us, from seasoned outdoor enthusiasts to families heading out to their local park for the first time, could use a little guidance about how to stay safe. The Recreate Responsibly guidelines offer a starting point for getting outside to keep yourself healthy and to maintain access to our parks, trails, and beaches. [ LEARN MORE ]



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Responsible Recreation Guidelines

Recreation to open May 5

WDFW has been anticipating this day, and will continue ramping up weeks of planning and preparation to be ready to reopen some fishing and hunting -- and public lands and water access points next week (May 5).  

“We’ve had so many people doing their part to stay home, and we’re seeing results. We’re now at a point where we will soon be able to begin welcoming people back outdoors,” said Kelly Susewind, WDFW director. “I’m asking people to take what they’ve learned these past few weeks and continue putting these measures into play as you fish, hunt, and enjoy your local wildlife area. We’re happy to reopen these opportunities, and we need you to continue working with us to stay safe.”    

For more details on what’s open and guidelines for #ResponsibleRecreation, please have a look at these links:

WDFW to open some recreational fishing and hunting starting Tuesday, May 5

State recreation lands to reopen May 5 for local day-use only

Reopening state lands, fishing, and hunting; social distancing guidelines:

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