Willapa is for the birds! Check the skies and shorelines for migrating birds - including shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors and songbirds.
Uncover refuge wildlife watching hotspots
Numerous amphibians make their home in the refuge and it is a great time to view them. Look for newts and frogs on damp days.
Learn more about Refuge amphibians...
In the Mix
Ocean tides combine life-giving nourishment with nutrient-laden fresh waters, creating one of the most productive environments on earth.
Learn more about the estuary
Connect to Nature
Explore the story of a Refuge stream, told through structures and sculptures rather than words. Can't make it to the refuge - take a virtual tour!Take the virtual tour
About the Complex
The variety of habitats near the mouth of the Columbia River are home to a diversity of wildlife and three National Wildlife Refuges.
Willapa is managed as part of the Willapa Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
What's Happening at the Refuge
Willapa National Wildlife Refuge encompasses diverse salt marshes, muddy tideflats, rain‑drenched old growth forests, and dynamic coastal dunes and beaches.
It is also rich in wildlife and recreation opportunities.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge invite you to contribute your ideas to design a new Natural Resource Center for our community. Weigh in now by TAKING OUR SURVEY! To learn more about the Natural Resource Center:
WE INVITE YOU to join us for the second of three community meetings to provide input on the new
Natural Resource Center May 17, 2017.NRC Public Meeting May 17, 2017
We are pleased to announce that Willapa Bay and Long Beach Peninsula has been designated as a Site of International Importance within the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network.WHSRN Dedication May 13, 2017
Willapa Bay and Long Beach Gain International Recognition as an
Important Site for Migrating ShorebirdsWHRSN News Release
This cup-sized shorebird is threatened by shrinking habitat. Find out why the Western snowy plover is in danger...
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Apr 10, 2017