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Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, Ilwaco

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Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge located on the shores of Willapa Bay in Washington, USA. It comprises 11000acre of sand dunes, sand beaches, mudflats, grasslands, saltwater and freshwater marshes, and coniferous forest. The refuge includes Long Island with stands of old growth Western red cedar and hemlock.Wildlife and habitatWillapa National Wildlife Refuge preserves many of unique ecosystems including salt marshes, muddy tideflats, rain drenched old growth forests, and coastal dunes and beaches. Freshwater marshes and grasslands are found along the southern shore of Willapa Bay.Visitors to the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge can enjoy viewing a wide variety of wildlife. Roosevelt elk, black bear, shorebirds, and spawning salmon are just a few of the many species that reside on the Refuge. The refuge is home to several endangered and threatened species including the snowy plover, marbled murrelets, and brown pelican. Other birds that are commonly spotted throughout the refuge include bald eagles, great blue herons, peregrine falcons, red-tailed hawks, marsh wrens, and golden-crowned kinglets.
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  • We visited Willapa National Wildlife Refuge on our drive from Astoria to Seattle. It is an important bird area, Bear and moose are also in this area. The refuge is 11,000 acres. It is a variety of sal...  more »
  • We just stopped for a breathe of fresh air and stumbled upon this creative art trail and short forest hike. The art trail is not obvious until you go round back of display board next to (smelly) restr...  more »
  • We stopped a the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge along US 101 on the drive between Long Beach and Tacoma. It is nice, but I would not make a special trip to go here. There is odd artwork placed along...  more »
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  • Great place to stop for a short hike. It is pretty steep in places but has stairs to help. Great art and signs throughout the hike. 2/3 mile loop hike.
  • This was more of an art walk than anything. Was nice to walk and stretch after being in the car a while. We were hoping to see more wildlife however. The path in the woods was a bit slippery so tread lightly. Was all in all a pretty place to walk through.
  • The art walk was just okay. Some pieces kind of neat and others kind of not. The 2/3 mile loop trail up the hill was nice though. It was well maintained and easy to use. It's nice for a quick 45 minute visit.
  • Nice to come out here and watch the wildlife. Pretty secluded area, so you'll have peace while you observe.
  • Nice place to stop and stretch your legs. Beautiful little nature trail.