Visitor Center

The Visitor Center is temporarily closed in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

The Shorebird Loop Trail is open seven days a week, 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. (except federal holidays)

The Richard J. Guadagno Headquarters and Visitor Center is located at the Salmon Creek Unit. One of the main goals of Humboldt Bay NWR is to provide all sectors of the public with quality wildlife observation and wildlife photography opportunities. Wildlife can usually be seen while traveling down the entrance drive to refuge headquarters. Once at headquarters, a universally accessible deck and short boardwalk attached to the Richard J. Guadagno Visitor Center provides a wildlife observation area for all visitors, including those with severe mobility challenges. The Shorebird Loop Trail (1.7 miles round trip) adjacent to the Visitor Center is level and consists of gravel and packed dirt. The trail provides visitors with wildlife viewing and photography opportunities and features interpretive panels, an observation kiosk, and the 'WildWing' wetland deck. The trail is open during Visitor Center hours seven days per week. Trail guides, wildlife lists, and plant lists are available at the Visitor Center. Binoculars and a “Discovery Pack” are also available for checkout. Discovery packs include identification guides for plants, animals, tracks and scat, binoculars, magnifying glasses and a field notebook. The Visitor Center has stunning dioramas, interactive displays and a beautiful observation room equipped with telescopes and a 'Kids Corner' full of books and activities for young nature enthusiasts. There are exciting things to see and do all year with peak wildlife viewing from November through March.