Lake Terrell Wildlife Area
5975 Lake Terrell Road
Every day Dawn - Dusk
The 1,500-acre Lake Terrell Wildlife area was established in 1947 by the Department of Game for the purpose of producing and harvesting wild game. It is now managed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Due to the area's location within he Pacific Flyway, wildlife found in the area includes a wide variety of waterfowl. You’ll also enjoy the many non-game birds species like Bald Eagles and loons and furry critters that are present. The area is popular for fishing with several locations to put your boat in or fish from a dock. The lake is best known for its rainbow and cutthroat trout as well as bass and spiny-ray fish. Boats are prohibited on the lake from October to January and other areas are closed to wildlife viewing from September to March due to hunting season. Pen raised pheasants are released periodically during the season for hunting and there are several duck blinds to take advantage of when hunting or just observing the waterfowl.
There are a few non-maintained access roads that provide short walks into the area for wildlife viewing or exploring the varied habitats which include marshlands, grasslands and upland deciduous/coniferous mixed forest. Lake Terrell is also an operating farm, with between 80 and 100 acres farmed annually to produce winter food for waterfowl and upland game.
So whether you’re after the one that got a way the last time you went fishing, hunting that ever elusive snipe or just out to bird watch, you’re not going to be disappointed when visiting Lake Terrell Wildlife Area.
NOTE: Before visiting the Lake Terrell Wildlife Area, be sure to visit your local Department of Fish and Wildlife office and pick up an Access Stewardship Decal (parking permit) so you can park and enjoy the area. These are available anywhere hunting or fishing licenses are sold.
From I-5. Take Ferndale exit 262. Turn right off the ramp and drive about 6.5 miles to Lake Terrell Road. Turn right and you're there!
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