Plan Your Visit
The Refuge is open from sunrise to sunset every day. There is a daily entrance fee of $3.00 per family. Children under 16 years of age enter free. We also accept the following Federal Recreation Passes: Golden Eagle, Golden Age, Golden Access, Federal Duck Stamp and the Dungeness NWR Annual Pass. We also accept the new “America the Beautiful” passes: Annual, Senior, Volunteer, and Access (http://www.fws.gov/refuges/generalInterest/passes.html).
The area where Dungeness NWR is located, northeast of the Olympic Mountains on the Strait of San Juan de Fuca, has a pleasant and temperate climate. We lie in a rainshadow northeast of the Olympic Mountains, and it is the driest area in western Washington. Average annual rainfall and snowfall are 16.5 and 3.5 inches, respectively. Most precipitation occurs from November to January. The area generally receives more sunshine and less cloudiness than other areas near Puget Sound. Freezing is uncommon. Average temperatures range from a low of 30.9ºF in the winter to 71.9ºF in the summer. During the latter half of the summer and early fall, fog banks over the Pacific Ocean and Strait of Juan de Fuca result in considerable fog and morning cloudiness in the lower elevations. The prevailing winds are south to southeast in winter and west to northwest in the summer. Strong winds of up to 60 mph are quite common in the Strait.
The Refuge is located at the end of Voice of America Road accessed through the Dungeness Recreation Area. From Highway 101, take Kitchen-Dick Road north. Follow the road as it dog-legs to the east (right) and becomes Lotzgesell Road. You’ll see immediately on your left the entrance to the Dungeness Recreation Area and Dungeness NWR.