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A canoe is a great way to experience the shallow waters of Willapa Bay/USFWS Photo

Eelgrass beds, quiet inlets and diverse shorelines await boaters on Willapa Bay. From the water there is an abundance of wildlife watching, including raptors, elk, raccoons, bear, great blue herons, and flocks of waterfowl and shorebirds. Launch sites are available from Refuge Headquarters, Nahcotta Mooring Basin on the Long Beach Peninsula, and Bay Center.

Boaters should use caution as tides and weather heavily influence this shallow bay. High winds can cause dangerous water conditions. Low tides can leave boaters stranded on soft mud. We recommend boaters carry up-to-date tide charts, technology to access current weather reports, emergency equipment, spare batteries, and a way to communicate (satellite phone, 2-way radios). Be sure to haul-up boats above high tide marks and secure boats if leaving them on shore. Be aware of and respect private lands and tidelands.

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Page Photo CreditsCanoe - USFWS
Last Updated: May 01, 2013
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