Fish, bear, elk, and more than 100,000 shorebirds populate the Willapa Bay region, home of the second largest estuary on the Pacific Coast. The refuge protects a variety of ecosystems from salt marsh to old-growth forest to coastal dunes and beaches.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
BeachExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5
BeachExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The Refuge has five miles of ocean beach and several miles of bay beach.
  • There are four hiking trails in the refuge. The Yellow Trail unwinds along the beach on the Bay; the Blue Trail is just 1.3 miles between the Bay and the ocean; the inland Green Trail connects to the Yellow Trail; and the 2.1-mile Loop Trail stretches from the south to the north parking lot.
  • Spring and fall are the peaks of shorebird migration, the times when hundreds of thousands of birds stop to feed and rest. The nesting season is March through September.
Leadbetter Point is at the very tip of Long Beach Peninsula, separating Willapa Bay from the Pacific Ocean. The Wildlife Refuge shares the Point with Leadbetter Point State Park.

3888 State Rte. 101
Ilwaco, Washington 98612-9707

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