Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region


walking the spitThe main wildlife-dependent activities occurring on the Refuge are wildlife observation and photography, and wildlife education and interpretation.  To ensure that wildlife continue to have a place to rest and feed, some recreational activities such as jogging, swimming, and other beach activities are allowed only in selected areas during certain times of the year.

Pets, bicycles, kites, frisbees, boomerangs, and balls are not allowed on the Refuge as they are a disturbance for the many migrating birds and other wildlife taking solitude on the Refuge.  Harbor seals and their pups rest on Refuge shores and should not be approached or disturbed. Disturbing or removing plants, animals, driftwood, rocks, fossils, or artifacts is prohibited.  Please stay on the trails.  Bluff areas are extremely hazardous due to their instability and are closed to the public.

Flotsam and jetsam on the SpitIf you are making the trek to the New Dungeness Lighthouse (http://www.newdungenesslighthouse.com/), allow sufficient time (4-6 hours) to make the 11-mile round-trip hike.  You’ll be able to relax and enjoy your Refuge experience.  There are no restroom facilities once you leave the Refuge parking area until you reach the lighthouse, so plan accordingly.  Remember to bring appropriate clothing, which should include sturdy shoes and a wind breaker or rain jacket, depending on the weather.

Camping and fires of any kind are not allowed on the Refuge.  The adjacent Dungeness Recreation Area allows overnight camping and day use (http://www.clallam.net/CountyParks/html/parks_dungeness.htm).


Important Update regarding the trail to the spit

Last updated: November 3, 2011