1.  An outfitter is considered anyone who provides outfitted services to the public.

  • Does your outfitter have the proper permits and licenses? Ask to see them.

  • Is your outfitter legal to be on the land and/or waters where you are being guided?

  • Does your outfitter have the proper permits to be where they are taking you?

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • U.S. Forest Service*Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

  • National Parks/State Parks* Department of Natural Resources DNR)

  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)

  • Check with the state or federal agency involved to confirm they have authorization to outfit there.

2. If a water based outfitter/guide:

  • Does your outfitter/guide have a Washington State Guides license?

  • Does your outfitter/guide have a U.S. Coast Guard license? 

  • This is mandatory on most fresh water rivers and lakes and all salt water systems.

3.  Is your outfitter properly insured?

  • Ask your outfitter/guide to provide references?

  • Call those references, and ask them for a couple of names from others that were in their camp.

  • Did you know that if an outfitter does not comply with these licenses and or permits they are considered to be an “illegal” outfitter?

  • Even if proper insurance is in effect, claims can be denied because of noncompliance with state and federal Laws.

4.  Know the physical requirements needed for your trip; ask how much hiking and horseback riding you can expect. 

  • If you suffer from any disability or medical condition, even a minor one, you and the outfitter could wind up with a serious problem.  

5.  For your own protection, do your research and check into your outfitters’ credentials!


*The more homework you do, the happier you will be.*

Don’t put yourself or your loved ones at risk!