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Waitsburg - One of a Kind



Waitsburg is the perfect stopping point for many recreation enthusiasts. We offer skiing, hiking, fishing, hunting, bicycling, and boating all within an hour drive.


Ski Bluewood
P.O. Box 88, Dayton, WA 99328

Bluewood is just 30 miles from Waitsburg. Bluewood offers ski runs for beginners to experts. The Ski & Snowboard Rental Shop can outfit you with everything you need. Take a break for breakfast or lunch in our picturesque Food Service Area. Also try our Pub on for size when you need to warm up. We offer specialized instruction in the Learning Center for any and all levels of skiing, snowboarding, telemarking, children and racing programs all to suit your needs. Finally, stop by Nancy's Treewell to pick up shirts, sweatshirts, gloves, goggles, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and film.

Where's Bluewood

Our region sports both bait and fly fishing.

Tucannon River
The Tucannon River is a very popular fishing destination. The Tucannon winds through National Forest, State, and private lands. The most easily accessible fishing is located south of the Tucannon Fish Hatchery where both sides of the river is mostly State or Forest land. The Tucannon River is home to four Federally listed "Threatened and Endangered" fish species. Spring/summer and fall chinook salmon as well as bull trout and steelhead are present. All tributaries of the Tucannon river are closed to fishing in addition to designated sections of the Tucannon River itself. These special conditions are to protect the main spawning habitats. Steelhead and bull trout may be fished for under regulated fishing guidelines, please see the annual WDF&W fishing regulations pamphlet for current restrictions.

Within the Tucannon area there are also eight fishing lakes (large ponds)available for public fishing developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Refer to the Washington State Fishing pamphlet for regulations referring to each lake and the different sections of the Tucannon. Each spring, all the lakes and the river are stocked with fish from the Fish Hatchery. There are many easily accessible campsites along the Tucannon that are operated by WDF&W and the Tucannon Campground operated by the Forest Service. All WDF&W lakes and campsites require a parking permit that is sold with the fishing licenses.

Touchet River
The Touchet River runs through Waitsburg and offers great trout fishing.

The Snake River is popular for steel head and sturgeon fishing.

Fishing Supplies:
Waitsburg Hardware & Mercantile
Darver Tackle - Starbuck

Local wildfowl for hunting include turkey, pheasant, and grouse. Deer and Elk hunting are also very popular in this area with an occasional moose wandering through the region.
Trophy Elk in Tucannon

Both touring and competitive cycling are rapidly growing in popularity in the area. Waitsburg is a hub of many cycling routes and hosts the annual Tour of Walla Walla. The Tour of Walla Walla includes 4 races in 3 days. This event takes place every April and one of the races starts in Waitsburg. In addition to the race a Spaghetti dinner is held Saturday evening in the Waitsburg Town Hall to benefit the Whitman Cycling Club.

Waterskiing and other boating sports are very popular on the nearby Snake River, only a 30 minute drive from Waitsburg.


Umatilla National Forest

Palouse Scenic Byway

Lewis & Clark Trail State Park

Lewis & Clark

Washington State Parks

Oregon Parks & Recreation Dept.

Northwest Places







The Touchet River

Touchet River runs through Waitsburg








Climbing the hill South of Waitsburg

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