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Washington State offers rugged coastline, deserts, forests, mountains, volcanoes, and hundreds of coastal islands to explore. The Cascade Mountains divide the state, with the damp forested coastal areas to the west, and pine forests, deserts and irrigated farmland of the Columbia River Plateau to the east. It is the adjacent to Canada.

The 2010 United States Census recorded the State's population at 6,724,540. Approximately 60 percent of Washington's residents live in the Seattle metropolitan area, the center of transportation, business, industry along the Puget Sound.  Washington's climate varies greatly from west to east. An Oceanic climate (also called "west coast marine climate") predominates in western Washington, and a much drier climate prevails east of the Cascade Range.

The state's nickname "Evergreen" was proposed in 1890 by Charles T. Conover of Seattle. The name proved popular as the forests were full of evergreen trees and the abundance of rain keeps the shrubbery and grasses green throughout the year.

Washington State is an aquatic wonderland of coastal waters, tide pools, saltwater inlets, glacier-fed rivers, low country and alpine lakes, reservoirs, protected wetlands and estuaries teeming with fish, birds and all sorts of watchable wildlife. It is also home to thousands of waterfalls, including some as dramatic and spectacular as Palouse Falls and Snoqualmie Falls. Washington has over 1,000 dams, built for a variety of purposes including irrigation, power, flood control, and water storage.

Washington's Pacific coast offers a wealth of beaches; some you can drive on (Long Beach) and some are so wild you can't get a car within 20 miles of them (stretches of protected shoreline in Olympic National Park). Even most Washingtonians don't know that the state's 170 miles of Pacific coast is only a small fraction of its total saltwater coastline. When you take into account Washington's numerous bays and tidal inlets, the perimeters of its coastal islands, the San Juan Islands, and the islands of Puget Sound, and then add in the shorelines of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Admiralty Inlet, Hood Canal and Puget Sound, Washington has an astounding 3,036 miles of saltwater coastline. If you stretched out the States' meandering coastline into one straight line, it would more than cover the distance from Seattle to Washington, D.C.

Washington is also home to many beautiful rivers, none more majestic than the mighty Columbia, the largest river in the Pacific Northwest and the largest hydroelectric power-producing river in North America. Along the way, it flows through the Grand Coulee Dam, which is the largest single producer of hydroelectricity in the United States. The Columbia River Gorge is famous for its vast panoramas of spectacularly dramatic scenery. Its strong winds also make it a world-famous windsurfing destination.

Many of Washington's waters, mountains and forests are protected by the State's three National Parks, some 120 State parks, numerous wilderness areas, recreation areas and preserves. It's no surprise then that Washington is a haven for watchable wildlife: whales and other sea mammals, migratory and native birds, deer, bears, cougars, otters, foxes and much more.

 

Water Bodies

  • Birch Bay
  • Lake Leland
  • Admiralty Inlet
  • Alkali Lake
  • American Lake
  • American River
  • Angle Lake
  • Baker River
  • Banks Lake
  • Barclay Lake
  • Barnes Creek
  • Barnes Lake
  • Bathtub Lake
  • Bear Lake
  • Beaver Lake
  • Bellingham Bay
  • Big Quilcene River
  • Billy Clapp Lake
  • Black Lake
  • Black River
  • Blue Lake
  • Bogachiel River
  • Bosworth Lake
  • Boulder River
  • Budd Inlet
  • Bumping River
  • Burien Lake
  • Burrows Bay
  • Canyon Creek
  • Carbon River
  • Carr Inlet
  • Case Inlet
  • Cedar River
  • Chain Lake
  • Chambers Lake
  • Chehalis River
  • Chelan River
  • Chewuch River
  • Chiwawa River
  • Cispus River
  • Cle Elum River
  • Clear Lake
  • Coeur dAlene Lake
  • Collins Lake
  • Columbia River
  • Columbia River
  • Commencement Bay
  • Conconully Lake
  • Cooper Lake
  • Coweeman River
  • Cowlitz River
  • Crab Creek
  • Crawfish Lake
  • Curlew Lake
  • Dabob Bay
  • Davis Lake
  • Debra Jane Lake
  • Deep Lake
  • Deer Lake
  • Deschutes River
  • Devil's Lake
  • Diamond Lake
  • Dickey Lake
  • Discovery Bay
  • Dosewallips River
  • Duck Lake
  • Duckabush River
  • Dunbar Lake
  • Dungeness Bay
  • Dungeness River
  • Duwamish River
  • Dyes Inlet
  • East Birnie Slough
  • East Sound
  • Egg Lake
  • Eld Inlet
  • Eloika Lake
  • Elwha River
  • Entiat River
  • Fidalgo Bay
  • Fish Lake
  • Flowing Lake
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake
  • Friday Harbor
  • Garrison Bay
  • Goss Lake
  • Gray Wolf River
  • Grays River
  • Green River
  • Greenleaf Lake
  • Greenwater River
  • Griffin Bay
  • Griffin Bay
  • Guemes Channel
  • Haller Lake
  • Hamma Hamma River
  • Hammersley Inlet
  • Haro Strait
  • Harts Lake
  • Haven Lake
  • Hayden Lake
  • Henderson Bay
  • Hicks Lake
  • Hoh River
  • Hood Canal
  • Hoquiam River
  • Horseshoe Lake
  • Humptulips River
  • Kachess River
  • Kalama River
  • Ken Lake
  • Kettle River
  • Kilisut Harbor
  • Kitsap Lake
  • Klickitat River
  • Lake Anderson
  • Lake Burien
  • Lake Cavanaugh
  • Lake Chelan
  • Lake Chelan
  • Lake Crescent
  • Lake Cushman
  • Lake Doloff
  • Lake Entiat
  • Lake Goodwin
  • Lake Holm
  • Lake Howard
  • Lake Joy
  • Lake Ki
  • Lake Lawrence
  • Lake Limerick
  • Lake Loma
  • Lake Louise
  • Lake Marcel
  • Lake Meridian
  • Lake Merwin
  • Lake Nahwatzel
  • Lake Osoyoos
  • Lake Ozette
  • Lake Ponce De Leon
  • Lake Potholes
  • Lake Quinault
  • Lake River
  • Lake Roesiger
  • Lake Roosevelt
  • Lake Samish
  • Lake Sammamish
  • Lake Sammamish
  • Lake Sawyer
  • Lake Spokane / Long Lake
  • Lake St. Clair
  • Lake Stevens
  • Lake Sutherland
  • Lake Tapps
  • Lake Union
  • Lake Wallula
  • Lake Washington
  • Lake Wenatchee
  • Lake Whatcom
  • Lakes Unlimited Dam
  • Lewis River
  • Liberty Bay
  • Liberty Lake
  • Little Pend Oreille Lakes
  • Little Spokane River
  • Long Lake
  • Loomis Lake
  • Loon Lake
  • Lopez Sound
  • Lost Lake
  • Lummi Bay
  • Lummi River
  • Lyre River
  • Mad River
  • Maggie Lake
  • Mapes Creek
  • Mary Anne Lake
  • Mason Lake
  • Mayfield Lake
  • McAllister Creek
  • McIntosh Lake
  • Medical Lake
  • Methow River
  • Mill Creek Lake
  • Miller Bay
  • Mitchell Bay
  • Mohlendorph Creek
  • Moses Lake
  • Mowich River
  • Mystery Bay
  • Naches River
  • Neil Bay
  • Nespelem River
  • Newaukum River
  • Newaukum River
  • Newman Lake
  • Newman Lake
  • Nisqually Reach
  • Nisqually River
  • Nisqually River
  • Nooksack River
  • North Bay
  • North Beach
  • North Fork Toutle River
  • North River
  • Oak Bay
  • Offut Lake
  • Okanogan River
  • Oreille River
  • Oyster Bay
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Padilla Bay
  • Palmer Lake
  • Panther Lake
  • Pasayten River
  • Pattison Lake
  • Payallup River
  • Pend Oreille Lake
  • Pend Oreille River
  • Penn Cove
  • Phillips Lake
  • Pickering Passage
  • Pilchuck River
  • Pipe Lake
  • Pipers Creek
  • Port Gamble
  • Port Hadlock Bay
  • Port Ludlow Bay
  • Port Orchard Bay
  • Port Susan
  • Port Townsend Bay
  • Potholes Reservoir
  • President Channel
  • Priest Lake
  • Puget Sound
  • Puget Sound - Hammersley Inlet
  • Puget Sound - Hood Canal
  • Puget Sound - Liberty Bay
  • Puyallup River
  • Queets River
  • Quillayute River
  • Quinault River
  • Raging River
  • Reed Lake
  • Renshaw Creek
  • Richland River
  • Roche Harbor
  • Rocky Bay
  • Rosario Strait
  • Ross Lake
  • Sacheen Lake
  • Salmon River
  • Samish Bay
  • Samish River
  • Sammamish River
  • San Juan Channel
  • Sanpoil River
  • Satsop River
  • Sauk River
  • Scatter Creek
  • Seabreeze Lake
  • Sekiu River
  • Semiahmoo Bay
  • Shady Lake
  • Shoal Bay
  • Sidley Lake
  • Sidney Channel
  • Silent Lake
  • Silver Lake
  • Similk Bay
  • Similk Bay
  • Similkameen River
  • Skagit Bay
  • Skagit River
  • Skokomish River
  • Skookumchuck River
  • Skykomish River
  • Snake River
  • Snohomish River
  • Snoqualmie River
  • Soap Lake
  • Sol Duc River
  • Spanaway Lake
  • Spectacle Lake
  • Spencer Lake
  • Spieden Channel
  • Spirit Lake
  • Spokane River
  • Sportsman Lake
  • Star Lake
  • Stehekin River
  • Steliacoom Lake
  • Stillaguamish River
  • Strait of Georgia
  • Strait of Juan de Fuca
  • Stuck River
  • Suiattle River
  • Sumas River
  • Summit Lake
  • Sunset Bay
  • Sunwood Lake
  • Swifts Bay
  • Tahuya Lake
  • Teanaway River
  • Thea Foss Waterway
  • Thornton Creek
  • Tieton River
  • Tilton River
  • Tolt River
  • Tolt River
  • Totten Inlet
  • Touchet River
  • Toutle River
  • Trout Lake
  • Tucannon River
  • Twisp River
  • Vedder River
  • Waitts Lake
  • Walla Walla River
  • Wannacut Lake
  • Washougal River
  • Wenatchee River
  • West Sound
  • Westcott Bay
  • White Chuck River
  • White River
  • White Salmon River
  • Willapa Bay
  • Willapa River
  • Wind River
  • Wishkah River
  • Wye Lake
  • Wynoochee River
  • Yakima River

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