Fodor's Expert Review Willipa National Wildlife Refuge

Oysterville Park (National/State/Provincial)

Three miles north of Oysterville (take Sandridge Road to the left and follow the signs), this wildlife refuge at Long Beach Peninsula's northernmost tip is a great spot for bird-watching. Black brants, sandpipers, turnstones, yellowlegs, sanderlings, and knots are among the 100 species biologists have recorded here. The dune area at the very end of the point is closed from April to August to protect the nesting snowy plover. From the parking lot, a ½-mile-long paved wheelchair-accessible path leads to the ocean and a 2½-mile loop trail winds through the dunes along the ocean and Willapa Bay. Several trails along the loop lead to isolated patches of coast. These trails flood in winter, often becoming impassable swamps, so pay attention to the warning signs.

Park (National/State/Provincial) Family Beach–Sight Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Quick Facts

Oysterville, Washington  98640, USA

360-642–3078

www.fws.gov/refuge/willapa

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Day pass $10 per vehicle; annual Discovery Pass $30 (valid at all state parks), Daily, dawn–dusk, The wildlife refuge has no entrance fees; a Discover Pass is required for parking at the Leadbetter Unit Parking Area.

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