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. 
    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:  

    Early Muzzleloader Elk Season Opportunity.  One (1) hunter per day allowed.  Only hunters with a valid reservation are allowed to access this site and may bring no more than one (1) non-hunting companion.  Hunter parking located at the end of Stakepole Road.  Walk-in access only; hunt area is most easily accessible from parking area either via walking the shoreline of Willapa Bay or by 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.  


    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.