Willapa National Wildlife Refuge

Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington.

Willapa National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1937 to protect migrating birds and their habitat at a time when many estuaries and shallow water bays were being destroyed in the name of progress. The refuge has grown to encompass diverse ecosystems including salt marsh, mud flats, forest, freshwater wetlands, streams, grasslands, coastal dunes and beaches. This rich mix of habitats provide places for over 200 bird species to rest, nest and winter, including over 30 species of waterfowl (ducks and geese) and over 30 species of shorebirds. Other animals such as chum salmon, Roosevelt elk, and over a dozen species of amphibians benefit from the protection of the Refuge, and the care of dedicated refuge and partner staff, and other friends of wildlife, like you!

The refuge has locations at various areas around Willapa Bay; from Leadbetter Point at the tip of Long Beach Peninsula, to the South Bay which encompasses various Tarlatt, Porter Point, and more, to Cutthroat Creek along the East Bay, and lastly Long Island in the southeast corner of Willapa Bay. Each of these locations offer different habitats, wildlife, and recreational opportunities. 

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The Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters is located in the coastal town of Long Beach, WA, off of Highway 101. Please be advised that navigation services are not necessarily reliable. We suggest confirming it is taking you to the correct address before proceeding. Access to the headquarters building is only available by way of Sandridge Road to 67th Place. Download a map with directions here.

Please see the "Visit Us" page for trail and recreational activity information. 

Visit our "Trails" page for more information on hiking-specific access.

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