National Wildlife Refuge
|100 Brown Farm Rd
Olympia, WA 98516 - 2302
Phone Number: 360-753-9467
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Continued . . . The 1-mile Twin Barns Loop Trail is a fully accessible boardwalk trail with access to the observation platform.
A dike separates saltwater habitats from freshwater habitats. By walking the Nisqually Estuary Trail and boardwalk, you can view six different habitat types. Outside the dike are saltmarshes and open mudflats, where shorebirds, gulls, ducks, and herons feed on clams, crabs, worms, and shrimp. Inside the dike, freshwater marshes host up to 20,000 migratory waterfowl; the best times to view them are during the fall (September through December) and spring (mid-March through mid-May) migrations. These wetlands also support mice and voles, attracting hawks, owls, and coyotes. Along the Twin Barns Loop Trail are riparian woodland and brush habitats; watch for winter wrens, red-legged frogs, pileated woodpeckers, and great horned owls. Click here to view a bird checklist.
Boating is permitted in waters outside the santuary area. Canoeists, kayakers, and small boaters should beware of hazardous tides, shallow waters, wind, and weather conditions around the Nisqually Delta. The nearest public boat ramp is at Luhr Beach.
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