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The Northwest Region stretches from the northern suburbs of Seattle to the Canadian border and includes Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties. This region of mountains, valleys, islands, and Puget Sound shorelines features Blanchard Mountain, Lake Whatcom, Walker Valley, Cypress Island, and the Sultan Basin. The region has 28 recreational sites and 118 miles of trails for hiking, horseback and ORV use. DNR is also stewards of more than 35,000 acres of natural areas that protect high-quality wildlife and plant habitat and provide low-impact public use.

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Find out which recreation sites in the Northwest Region are open or closed...and more. Select one of the following links:

Major DNR Recreation Sites

Recreation areas by County

Find out what's going on in Reiter Foothills Forest.

Looking for directions? Find directions to most Northwest Region recreation sites in DNR's Recreation Guide Map.

BLANCHARD FOREST (Skagit County)

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information

Blanchard Forest Block trail map (18 x 26)

*Note: Road building and timber harvest activities will restrict access to the north end of Blanchard Mountain May 7 through December 31. Learn more.

TrailheadsOpen
Lily Lake Backcountry CampgroundOpenNo reservation required. Maximum stay length: 7 days (in a 30-day period)
Lizard Lake Backcountry CampgroundOpenNo reservation required. Maximum stay length: 7 days (in a 30-day period)
Samish Overlook Day Use AreaOpen

-- BL-16 road as a maximum vehicle length of 23 feet.

-- Day-use only.

-- No fires.

CYPRESS ISLAND NATURAL rESOURCES CONSERVATION AREA (Skagit County)

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Cypress Island Natural Resources Conservation AreaOpen

More information about Cypress Island NRCA

During camping season, maximum stay length is 10 days (in a 30-day period). Camping is allowed from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Pelican Beach CampgroundOpen

-- Day use OK year round.

--Camping allowed from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend

Cypress Head CampgroundOpen

-- Day use OK year round.

--Camping allowed from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend

Strawberry IslandOpen

-- Day-use only.

-- No garbage service. Please pack out what you pack in. (Including human waste.)

TrailsOpenEagle Cliff Trail closed February 1 - July 15

MORNING STAR NATURAL RESOURCES conservation AREA (Snohomish County)

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information

MORNING STAR NRCA

 

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-- More information about Morning Star NRCA-- Toilet facilities not provided. 

-- Winter recreation such as snowshoeing, skiing, and other non-motorized foot travel is allowed. Typically, during heavy snowfall--winter & spring--roads may be closed.
-- Heavy seasonal snows will mean closures for most or all of the recreation sites and access roads each year typically from November through June or July.

-- Most trails or trailheads will be minimally maintained or not maintained at all.
-- All trails are primitive and unmarked hazards may exist.
-- Campground not maintained. Camp in established campgrounds only.
-- Practice Leave No Trace principles. (Pack out what you pack in including human waste, etc.)
-- No campfires except in designated firepits at campsites. 

Ashland Lakes Trail & Trailhead AccessOpen

Contact the Forest Service for current access information. Road access via US Forest Service Road (FS 4020).

Bald Mountain TrailOpen

-- This trail is not maintained. Be ware of potential hazards.

-- For information about access via the Ashland Lakes Trail, go to Ashland Lakes Trail & Trailhead above.

-- For information about access via Cutthroat Lakes, see information for Cutthroat Lakes and Walt Bailey trails.

Beaver Plant Lake TrailOpen--Contact the Forest Service for current access information. Road access via US Forest Service Road (FS 4020)..
Big Greider Lake CampgroundOpen

-- See Boulder/Greider Lakes Trailhead Access for current information.

-- No toilet facilities.

Boulder Lake CampgroundCLOSED

--Closed due to hazardous bridge

Boulder/Greider Lakes Trailhead AccessOpen

-- Trailhead is accessible via Snohomish Co PUD South Shore Trailhead. Download map.

-- No toilet facilities.

Cutthroat LakesOpen

- Contact the Forest Service for  trail access information via the Walt Bailey Trail and Road access via U.S. Forest Service Road (FS 4032).

Greider Lakes TrailOpen

-- Trailhead is accessible via Snohomish Co PUD South Shore Trailhead. Download map.

Little Greider Lake CampgroundOpen

-- Trailhead is accessible via Snohomish Co PUD South Shore Trailhead. Download map.

-- No toilet facilities.

Lower Ashland Lake CampgroundOpen

-- Contact the Forest Service for current access information. Road access via US Forest Service Road (FS 4020)

-- No toilet facilities.

Reflection Ponds Loop Trail & Viewing AreaOpen

-- Trailhead is accessible via Snohomish Co PUD South Shore Trailhead. Download map.

Twin Falls Lake TrailCLOSED

-- Due to severe storm damage to bridge crossings and hazardous conditions.

Twin Falls Lake campgroundCLOSED

-- Due to severe storm damage to bridge crossings and hazardous conditions.

Upper Ashland Lake CampgroundOpen

-- Contact the Forest Service for current access information. Road access via US Forest Service Road (FS 4020)

-- No toilet facilities.

Walt Bailey TrailOpen

 -- Contact the Forest Service for current access information.  Road access via US Forest Service Road (FS 4032).

 
San JUAN COUNTY

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Cattle Point & TrailOpen 
Point Doughty CampgroundOpen
Griffin Bay CampgroundOpen
Upright Channel Day Use Area & Beach AccessOpen

Skagit COUNTY

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Blanchard Forest

Open

*Note: Road building and timber harvest activities will restrict access to the north end of Blanchard Mountain May 7 through August 31. Learn more.

Harry Osborne State ForestOpen*Note: Timber harvest activities have closed a section of the Wrangler Connection Trail for a few months. Learn more.
Les Hilde Trailhead & TrailsOpen 
Samish Island Day Use AreaOpenManaged by Skagit County Parks. Call 360-336-9414 for more information. 
Walker Valley ORV Riding AreaOpen

Work parties take place every 2nd Saturday of the month. Show up at the trailhead at 9 a.m. Work as long as you want. Learn more on the DNR Volunteer Calendar.

 
Snohomish COUNTY

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Morning Star NRCAOpen 
Reiter FoothillsOpen*

* Single-track, ATV, and 4x4 trails are open Saturdays and Sundays only to accommodate new trail construction.

-- Check DNR's blog before you go.

-- View maps, read trail guides, and learn more on the Reiter Foothills Forest planning page.

-- Get involved! Find volunteer events to build and maintain new trails at Reiter on the DNR Volunteer Calendar.

Whatcom COUNTY

Recreation AreaStatusAdditional Information
Lake Louise NRCAOpen
Lummi Island NRCAOpenMaximum stay length: 10 days (in a 30-day period)

Please note: DNR may close a recreational facility or trail either temporarily or permanently for the purposes of protecting the environment, public safety, property, or to ensure DNR meets its management and administrative obligations. (Learn more | WAC 332-52-100) 

Pets
Pets are allowed on department-managed lands, except in areas that are closed to pets or animals for the protection of wildlife, sensitive natural systems, special cultural areas, or for other purposes. All pets must be on leash. If pets are accompanying livestock, they can be off leash but must be voice controlled. (Learn more | WAC 332-52-140)

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