The expansive Southeast Region covers central and southeastern Washington and includes one of Washington’s newest recreation areas, Naneum Ridge State Forest.
This vast region’s landscapes range from mixed pine and conifer forests in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Range to arid shrub-steppe and agricultural lands in eastern part of the state. The region offers14 recreation sites, 50 miles of maintained trails, 5 designated campgrounds, and one Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) park at Beverly Sand Dunes Recreation Area. Popular recreation activities in this region include hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, bike riding, ORV driving, camping, snowmobiling, boating, hang gliding, and wildlife viewing.
Updated: March 16, 2015
Find out which recreation sites in the state are open or closed...and more.
Winter recreation areas: Sno-Park permits are required for all winter recreation activities that use Sno-Park areas. These permits help pay for grooming trails and plowing roads. Find out how to get a Sno-Park permit.Major DNR Recreation Sites: Recreation areas by county:ChelanGrantKittitasKlickitatYakima Multiple Counties
Recreation on DNR-managed lands (includes statewide map)
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 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)
Ahtanum State Forest (Yakima County)
Athanum is a working forest. High volumes of heavy truck traffic occur during the week. Recreation traffic volume is high during the week and on weekends. Please use caution.
Learn about recreation planning in the Ahtanum State Forest
|Ahtanum Campground||Open|| |
|Ahtanum Meadows Campground||Open|
Ahtanum Winter Recreation Area
The Ahtanum Winter Recreation Area includes 67 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in the Ahtanum green dot road system.
Access is available at three parking areas:
- Red Saddle Trailhead
- Ahtanum Meadows Campground
- The new Whites Ridge Trailhead
Discover Pass required.
* Note: Trail grooming schedule: Dec. 15 - April 1. Trail grooming is through State Parks and is dependent on the weather.
|Clover Flats Campground||Closed||Closed for the season due to winter snow. Will open as snow melts and allows for access.|
|Eagle Nest Vista Trailhead||Open||Closed for the season due to winter snow. Will open as snow melts and allows for access.|
|Grey Rock Trailhead & Trails||Open|
Weather dependent. No fishing due to bulltrout protection.
|Grey Rock Trail||Open|
Portions of the trail are too narrow for ATVs.
|Snow Cabin Campground||Open|
Closed for the season due to winter snow. Will open as snow melts and allows for access.
|Tree Phones Campground||Open|
Large parking area will be closed to the public.
Naneum Ridge State Forest (Chelan and Kittitas counties)
|Naneum Ridge State Forest||Open|
No campfires or barbecue briquettes allowed from April 15 to October 15. Discover Pass required.
|Lily Lake Winter Recreation Area|
100 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Discover Pass required.
Trail grooming schedule: Area open December 15 - April 1.
|Chelan Butte Sky Park||Open||Hang gliding and paragliding area. Membership with United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (USHPA) required. Discover Pass required. Open until winter season snows blocks entrance road. No camping or campfires.|
|Indian Camp Campground||Open||Indian Camp Campground Inaccessible December 15 through mid-April due to snowmobile grooming.|
Teanaway Community Forest
Indian Camp Campground
29 Pines Campground
Rec alert: No campfires in the Teanaway Community Forest during Kittitas County Burn Ban.
Learn more about the Teanaway Community Forest.
Manastash Winter Recreation Area
|See additional information|
Now managed by Washington State Parks. For more information, please visit their website.
|Buck Creek Trailheads (1&2) and Trails||Open|
|Ahtanum State Forest||Open|
|Bird Creek Campground||Open|
|Island Camp Campground||Open|
|Rattlesnake Winter Recreation Area|
41 miles of groomed snowmobile trails
Trail grooming season: Dec. 15 - April 1.
adams & grant counties
|Milwaukee Road Corridor||Open|
No hunting at any time. Milwaukee Road Corridor is managed by DNR from the Columbia River east to Lind, WA. It is part of the Washington State Parks "Iron Horse/John Wayne" cross state non-motorized trail. Open by permit only. Call 509-925-8510.