Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
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  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information.
  • Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
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    Many species of duck, like this mallard, raise their young here.

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    Experience Nature

    the Lewis and Clark Refuge is precious because it preserves the environment and its inhabitants in the state that it was in by-gone days.

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What's Happening at the Refuge

They come here to rest

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The Lewis and Clark refuge provides a resting place and a refuge for many species of birds during their spring migration northward to their nesting grounds. Tundra swans are one of these species. They are most numerous here during January and February, when it is estimated their population in the Refuge peaks at about 3,000 birds.

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Gathering Point

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The Lewis and Clark Refuge is an important stopping and gathering point for migrating ducks in the spring. About 50,000 of them stop for food and rest on their way north to their breeding grounds. One of the most numerous ducks is the Northern Pintail.

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Canada Goose

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The Lewis and Clark Refuge plays host to about 5,000 geese during spring migration. The Canada goose is one species that finds rest and food on the Refuge in its migrational stopover here. The Canada goose is common and widespread throughout North America.

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Connect to Nature

Birds love it here!

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Lewis and Clark Refuge is good for the birds!

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About the Complex

Willapa Complex

Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Willapa Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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.

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