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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  • Even when we came here there was a heavy fog this place looked amazing. Just charming and mysterious. A lot of animals and birds around. Worth it.  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Beautiful adventure. Rain flooded the trail. A tree blocked the road. Another visitor worked with us to clear the road. We love winter storms!
  • We stopped by here while we were in town and it was a pretty great place to bring our dog to stretch her legs after a long drive.
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  • A well kept treasure. Will ve there in spring!
  • Wish I had more time to explore! If you like trees and the outdoors than this is a place that you should stop by on your next road trip. There is also a bathroom here.

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