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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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  • Our friends wanted to share this Art Trail with us and we are glad they did! It is difficult to describe but was a walk that had incorporated art into nature. One needs to walk slowly and really notic...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • The Willapa National Wildlife Refuge was just great! We stopped by on a slightly gloomy and rainy April afternoon, but the boardwalk and trail were a treat. Not terribly difficult of a hike, but quite the enjoyable loop. There is a wonderful diversity of flowers, mosses, bugs, birds, and more. The placards on the trail add some fun for little ones with interesting trivia. The trails were a touch muddy and washed out, but given the time of year absolutely expected. For a nice afternoon hike it was just great.
  • This review is just for the nature walk at the ranger station, but it is easily the best nature walk I've ever taken. I'm so glad we were feeling adventurous when we stopped. Nice trivia stations, creative artwork (with poetry!) scattered along the trail, gorgeous forest hillside. It's a bit vertical for a nature walk though, so not recommended for the mobility restricted.
  • This place is a great place to stop and look around. Don't expect the restrooms to be open. On Saturday, way before they were scheduled to close, the Richard Cranium maintenance man watched from the shadows as we pressed on the locked doors. Not cool. Bring your real camera. Great photo opps.
  • This is the most amazing place I have visited recently. There is a walking path that allows you to get really close to nature without disturbing any of it. It is quite and peaceful.
  • Kids love the hike, although it is a bit up and down. Don't hike in the rain unless you have good shoes.