The Union River Wildlife Area consists of 452 acres near the terminus of the Hood Canal. It is a choice destination for outdoor recreation, including hiking and boating, though is also open to hunters during specific seasons.
Birdwatchers have a lot to enjoy in the Union River Wildlife Area, including opportunities to spot eagles and a variety of other birds of prey along with shorebirds, songbirds, and more. Deer and numerous small mammals also call the area home, along with native reptiles and amphibians. Anglers can also take advantage of the bountiful waterways, providing they are properly licensed. You can fish from the shore or a boat. If you want to launch a watercraft, you can take advantage of the Hand Launch located on the Union River, making entry a breeze.
For those who simply want to wander through the soaring trees and take in the scenery, there is a one-mile trail loop available for your enjoyment. It is easily accessible from a path that starts at the parking area, making it a convenient place to stretch your legs as well as your dog's.
Dogs are permitted in the waters at Union River Wildlife Area. This makes activities like duck hunting easier to manage as trained hunting dogs can jump in to retrieve fallen ducks. Pet dogs are also welcome in the water.
All pets must remain fully under their owner's control at all times, either with a leash or through the use of voice commands when your pet is allowed off-leash. However, from April through July, all dogs must remain on a leash. This protects nesting wildlife, ensuring they aren’t disturbed or harmed by your furry companion.
If you do bring your pooch to Union River Wildlife Area, make sure to remove any pet waste immediately. This ensures the area stays clean and enjoyable for everyone.