Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

Refuge Planning

Refuge Planning

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Learn about the Comprehensive Conservation Plan that will guide the Refuge into the future.

Comprehensive Conservation Planning
Refuge Inhabitants

Breeding Seabirds and Shorebirds

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Discover the fifteen seabird and shorebird species breeding on Refuge.

Breeding Seabirds and Shorebirds

About the Complex

Washington Maritime Complex

Copalis National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Washington Maritime Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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