Rules and Regulations

At Refuges, Wildlife Rules

National Wildlife Refuges are places where wildlife comes first. Although people are welcome, activities are regulated and monitored to ensure that impacts are minimal to the plants and animals that call the refuge “home”. Below is a list of rules and regulations for Willapa National Wildlife Refuge.

Refuge Hours

Visitors are welcome to recreate in the refuge during daylight hours only. Refuge headquarters is open from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, and is closed on all Federal holidays.


Hiking is permitted on refuge trails. View the refuge trail guide...


Areas within refuge boundaries may be closed to public entry due to sensitive species or restoration activities. Be aware of signs indicating closed areas. Each year, between March 15 and September 15, a portion of the Leadbetter Unit is closed to all public entry, including foot travel, to protect nesting snowy plovers. Most of the refuge is open to foot traffic only - pay special attention at gates and other points of entry to determine if the area is open.


Dogs are not allowed on the refuge except dogs engaged in authorized hunting activities. 


Bicycles are allowed on logging roads within the refuge, including those on Long Island. Bicycles are not allowed on refuge trails.


Camping is allowed in designated campsites on Long Island only. Discover more about Long Island camping…


Fires are prohibited, except in designated fire rings in Long Island campsites.


Hunting of waterfowl, coot, snipe, deer, elk, bear and forest grouse is permitted on designated areas of the refuge. All state regulations apply to hunting on the refuge. Learn more about specific refuge regulations…


Fishing is permitted from the refuge-owned shoreline of Willapa Bay. Fishing is not permitted on refuge streams or interior sloughs. All state regulations apply.  

Shellfish Harvesting

Clams and oysters can be harvested from designated public tidelands only. You must possess a state shellfish license. Learn more about shellfish harvesting…

Collecting of Natural or Cultural Objects is Prohibited 

Collecting and removing archeological or historic objects is prohibited, as well as removing any natural material such as plants, mushrooms, berries, and antler sheds.

ATVs and Horses are prohibited on the Refuge.

 Drones are prohibited on the Refuge. 

 Launching, landing or disturbing wildlife by aircraft (drones) on the Refuge is prohibited.   


In case of an emergency, call 911.