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 South Central - Region 3
 
Mike Livingston

Regional Director

1701 South 24th Avenue
Yakima, WA 98902-5720

Office Hours: Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
excluding legal holidays

Telephone (509) 575-2740
Fax (509) 575-2474
teamyakima@dfw.wa.gov

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Region 3 HeadquartersThis region hosts a diversity of broad life zones and habitats from mountain peaks to desert. From the west, the region originates in the high Cascade mountains where more than 100 inches of rain fall annually, supporting tall forests, alpine meadows and glaciers. The "rain shadow" effect created by the Cascades results in progressively drier conditions eastward until the forests eventually yield to arid shrubsteppe. Rainfall in portions of the region can be as little as five inches a year.

The Yakima River and the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River are among the region's more striking water resources. There are many other aquatic habitats ranging from alpine lakes and streams to warmwater lakes and ponds. White sturgeon, summer steelhead, bright fall chinook, and walleye are available in the Columbia River; bass, perch and bluegill may be caught in many local ponds; higher elevation streams host rainbow, cut-throat, and brook trout. The region's lakes offer fair to excellent rainbow and cutthroat trout fishing. While the waters of the region are closed to fishing for spring chinook and bull trout, the region offers many outstanding vantages for viewing these remarkable fish during their fall spawning seasons.

This region offers more than 400,000 acres of department owned land, all of which is open for public recreation. The department has also secured hunter access to an additional 180,000 acres of private land. These lands offer good to excellent hunting prospects for upland birds, waterfowl, and big game.

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Licenses can easily be purchased over the Internet, or in person at one of over 500 license dealers statewide. For a list of dealers located closest to you, click here.
 

Our experienced customer service staff will be happy to assist you in location information about the region's fishing, hunting and watchable wildlife opportunities. Also Recreational hunting and fishing licenses along with the Discover Pass are available for purchase at the regional office.

To drive to this office: from I-82, take exit 34. Continue west on Nob Hill over the viaduct to 24th Avenue (approximately 3 miles). Turn left on 24th Avenue, travel approximately 3/4 mile. The entrance to the office driveway is on the left just past the cemetery tree line. Parking is available.

 
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