The Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge is located near the town of Sequim in Clallam County in the U.S. state of Washington, on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The refuge is composed of which include Dungeness Spit, Graveyard Spit, and portions of Dungeness Bay and Harbor. Dungeness Spit is one of the world's longest natural sand spits, 5.5mi long and very narrow. A lighthouse, the New Dungeness Light, built in 1857, is located near the end of the spit. Access to Dungeness Spit is through a Clallam County Park which has hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground. On January 20, 1915, it was designated as a National Wildlife Refuge by President Woodrow Wilson.To visit Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge and get the most from your holiday in Sequim, create itinerary details personal to you using our Sequim trip itinerary maker.
The refuge provides habitat for a variety of wildlife species with more than 250 species of birds and 41 species of land mammals. The bay and estuary of the Dungeness River supports Waterfowl, Wader, Shellfish, and harbor seals. Anadromous fish like Chinook, Coho, pink salmon and chum salmon occur in the waters of Dungeness Bay and Harbor. A number of species of waterfowl stop briefly in the Dungeness area each fall on their way south for the winter and again when they head north in the spring. Many species of waterfowl winter in the area. Dungeness Bay and Harbor support black brant, present from late October through early May, with peak numbers of approximately 3,000-5,000 in April. Shorebirds and water waders feed and rest along the water’s edge. Harbor seals haul out to rest and give birth to pups on the end of Dungeness Spit. The tideflats support crabs, clams, and other shellfish.
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Absolutely beautiful place. The forest is so peaceful. We didn’t see a lot of wildlife except for the deer who joined us for our picnic lunch. The forest trail leads to an water view, and the...
Absolutely beautiful place. The forest is so peaceful. We didn’t see a lot of wildlife except for the deer who joined us for our picnic lunch. The forest trail leads to an water view, and the... more »
So glad to have made the trip out to Dungeness. A quick walk through the woods leads to the open waters of the refuge. If one is unable to walk along a sandy area there is a nice overlook complete..... more
So glad to have made the trip out to Dungeness. A quick walk through the woods leads to the open waters of the refuge. If one is unable to walk along a sandy area there is a nice overlook complete..... more »
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