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National Wildlife Refuge

100 Brown Farm Rd
Olympia, WA   98516 - 2302
E-mail: Glynnis_Nakai@fws.gov
Phone Number: 360-753-9467
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
The refuge offers an invaluable opportunity for students to experience and learn about the natural world.

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The refuge offers opportunities to fish for salmon, steelhead, and trout in McAllister Creek and the Nisqually River, and for shellfish and bottomfish in the tideflats. Washington State regulations apply. Access is by boat only. There is no bank fishing access.

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The Refuge has 191 acres of tideflats in the Nisqually estuary open to boat access waterfowl hunting. Hunting is permitted seven days a week during State waterfowl hunting season dates. State hunting license requirements apply and no additional Refuge permit is necessary.

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The Visitor Center includes a Nature Shop, an information desk run by volunteers, a view of the freshwater marsh, and interpretive exhibits. It is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

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Wildlife Observation
The refuge trails are open daily during daylight hours. Facilities include 4 miles of walking trails, a photo blind, and an observation deck near Twin Barns for wildlife observation and photography.

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The refuge is open daily during daylight hours. Visitors must be out of the refuge by sunset. The entrance gate closes automatically and will be locked at sunset.

Administrative Offices are open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m., closed federal holidays.

The Visitor Center is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

The Environmental Education Center is used by educational groups by appointment only. For more information, contact the Environmental Education Coordinator at 360-753-9467.

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Entrance Fees
Daily fee is $3.00 per four adults. An Interagency Annual Pass, Senior Pass, Access Pass, Federal Duck Stamp, or an Annual Refuge Pass will admit four adults. Children under 16 enter free.

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