The Crescent Lake unit totals 360 acres of forest, swamp and farmed fields, located three miles south of Monroe. It was purchased by WDFW in 1974 for public waterfowl and pheasant hunting and other wildlife recreation. Crescent Lake itself is a 10-acre oxbow lake that was once part of the Skykomish River. Riley Creek runs through another former river channel and enters into the Snoqualmie River near the northwest corner. There is a 25-acre marsh, about 215 acres of deciduous woodland, and 110 acres that are farmed through sharecrop agreements that leave cereal grains standing for wintering waterfowl. In the 1970s and 1980s, small openings and connecting trails were created in the forest to provide edge habitat and areas for hiking and nature observation. There are also about two miles of mowed trails that wind along the lake and Riley Creek. A 200-foot long footbridge built across the lake in 1978 completes the loop. There is a gravel parking area with reader boards at the north and south ends of the property.
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How to Get Here
Map and Driving Directions
Access Site #1
Driving Directions From Highway 203, turn west on 203rd St. just south of Monroe. At the next stop sign at the "T" in the road, turn left or right for either the north or south parking lots.
Parking/Restroom Information There is a north and south parking area at this Unit. No restroom facilities are available.
Other Information This Unit is closed during hours of darkness.
This is a popular pheasant and waterfowl hunting site in the fall and winter. A large portion of the property is a big leaf maple forest that offers watchable wildlife opportunities.
Waterfowl Hunting Closure The Crescent Lake unit of the Snoqualmie Wildlife Area will be closed to access by waterfowl hunters until Dec. 25, 2013. The site was classified by enforcement officers as “baited”, which could potentially subject hunters on the property to arrest. (See page 34 of the Washington State Migratory Waterfowl & Upland Bird rule pamphlet.) Volunteers have since cleaned up the site, which may legally be reopened to hunters Dec. 25.
Snoqualmie Wildlife Area Hunting Hours Reinstated
Hunting hours from 8am to 4pm have been reinstated for all hunters on the following units: Stillwater, Cherry Valley, Crescent Lake. This will be in effect during the Western Washington Pheasant Season. For the rest of the hunting season normal hunting hours, half hour before sunrise to half hour after sunset, will apply. For more information, contact Sergeant Kim Chandler (425) 775-1311 ext. 122.
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov