Willapa National Wildlife Refuge
3888 SR 101
Ilwaco, WA 98624
Directions: Refuge office is located 13 miles north of IIwaco on U.S. Highway 101. Long Island accessible only by boat at higher tide. Other units are separated by up to 25 miles of driving. Write for map.
Primary Wildlife: Wintering waterfowl include black brant, trumpeter swans, Canada geese, canvasback, scaup, bufflehead, scoters, and American wigeon. Black bear, deer, elk and numerous smaller mammals are present. Numerous shorebirds use the refuge during migrations.
Habitat: 11,000 acres of refuge land vary from sand dunes, sand beaches and mud flats to grasslands, saltwater and fresh marshes, and coniferous forest. Vegetation is abundant and diverse. Long Island has a stand of old growth western red cedar western hemlock forest.
Recreation and Education: Wildlife observation, study, and photography. Fishing, clamming and crabbing in Willapa Bay and tributary streams and on ocean beaches. Camping in five primitive campgrounds on Long Island (boat access only). Waterfowl hunting. Big game and upland game archery hunting.
Special Note: The refuge administers a Presidential Proclamation Boundary that closes a portion of Willapa Bay to waterfowl hunting.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication