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, United States. 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.
Willapa 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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  • First visit to the refuge. The area is just beautiful! Did the Cutthroat Climb trail. The hike was awesome and there was so much to see! Dragonflies, salamanders, caterpillars, beetles, lots of differ...  more »
  • Another beautiful park in this area . Hikes are fairly flat, through wooded areas and near the coast. Did not see the deer at this time, but so enjoyed being outside in the refuge  more »
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  • This is such a beautiful place! It was just gorgeous out and the air smelled fresh. Did some short walks with the dog. Had a really good day here! If you like the outdoors this is a really great place to visit especially in the summertime! Everyone I came across was really nice!
  • Beautiful Serene place with unique artwork. The Hill Trail is a little steep for me but my children loved it.

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