Open grasslands provide habitat for waterfowl and a unique hunting experience/USFWS Photo

Open grasslands provide habitat for waterfowl and a unique hunting experience.

  • Hunting the Refuge


    Willapa National Wildlife Refuge contains 17,000 acres of uplands and tidelands divided into several management units. All state regulations apply, in addition to all federal and special Refuge regulations. All forms of trapping and baiting are prohibited. UNITS AND SPECIES NOT LISTED ARE CLOSED TO HUNTING.


    2021-2022 Big Game Regulations 


    Leadbetter Point

    Leadbetter Point Unit of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is OPEN to waterfowl, coot and snipe hunting and early muzzleloader elk season (WDFW reservation permit required).  Hunting may occur 150 yards north of the yellow/Bearberry Trail.  This unit is CLOSED to all other hunting activities. 

    To apply for a WDFW Hunt-By-Reservation permit for early muzzleloader elk season at Leadbetter Point click here:    

    This Reservation Only Early Muzzleloader Elk Season Opportunity will give TWO (2) separate individual hunt reservations per day.  To allow greater public opportunity, we are asking the hunter to limit their reservations to a maximum of 2 this season.  Only hunters with a valid reservation are allowed to access this site and may bring one (1) non-hunting companion. Reservation Confirmation slip MUST be placed on dash of vehicle and an additional copy must be carried on-person while hunting.  Hunter parking is located at the end of Stackpole Road. Walk-in access only from parking area using the Yellow Trail (Bearberry Trail) from the Green Trail (Bay Loop Trail). Hunting is allowed 150 yards north of the Yellow Trail (see map). Firearms must remain unloaded on the trail and hunters should be aware that the unit is also open to hiking along the established trails and along the ocean beach.Click here for the Leadbetter Point Unit Hunt Map  


    In 2020, the Service eliminated the recreation user fee for goose/waterfowl hunting in the Riekkola Unit.  All hunting on the refuge is free of charge. In addition, we eliminated the requirement to obtain and carry a Migratory Bird Hunt Application and report waterfowl taken per instructions on the Migratory Bird Hunt Report as well as Big Game Hunt Report for Long Island.

  • A new ADA Blind

    ADA blind

    In 2017, a new ADA Blind was constructed at Riekkola. The blind was built by volunteers Rick Spring and Dave Olear in partnership with the Refuge and Vancouver Wildlife League. The ADA Blind is reserved for hunters with a disability and their partners.