Willapa National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region

Plan Your Visit

Willapa National Wildlife Refuge consists of several units in southwest Washington State. The Porter Point and Riekkola units are at the southern end of Willapa Bay. Leadbetter Point is at the very northern end of the Long Beach Peninsula, and Long Island is in Willapa Bay. The Refuge Headquarters is located near milemarker 24 on Washington State Highway 101.

Download a PDF copy of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Brochure (2.57MB).

Driving Directions

From Portland, Oregon, three different routes will lead to the Refuge:
-Highway 26 West to Highway 101 North
-Interstate 5 North to Washington State Route 4 West to Highway 101 South
-Highway 30 West to Highway 101 North

Refuge Headquarters: From Seaview, Washington, take Highway 101 north. Ignore the large brown sign saying "Willapa National Wildlife Refuge" with an arrow pointing north up Sandridge Road (this will take you to the Riekkola and Leadbetter Units). Refuge Headquarters is located approximately 10 miles from Seaview, near milemarker 24. A boat ramp on the north side of the highway offers the best departure point for Long Island.

Tarlatt Slough Unit: From Highway 101 departing Seaview, Washington, turn north on Sandridge Road. Continue up Sandrige Road until 95th Street. Turn right at 95th Street. The Tarlatt Unit is located to the south of 95th Street. Continue down 95th Street until a Y in the road. Turn right at the Y. This will take you to the Tarlatt Unit gate.

Reikkola Unit: From Highway 101, turn north onto Sandridge Road just east of Seaview, Washington. At 67th Place, turn right (east). 67th Place becomes Yeaton Road, which will dead-end into the refuge.

Leadbetter Unit: From Highway 101, turn north on Sandridge Road. Turn left on Oysterville Road, then right on Stackpole Road. The road terminates at a parking lot. It is approximately 20 miles from Highway 101 to the Leadbetter parking area. The parking lot borders the Leadbetter Unit of the Refuge and Leadbetter State Park. The Discover Pass is needed to park at the Leadbetter Parking Area.

Long Island: Long Island can only be accessed by boat. Most, but not all, of the campgrounds require a 6 foot (1.2 m) or higher tide, however the landing directly across from Refuge Headquarters can be accessed at any tide. Additional launch facilities are located at the Nahcotta Mooring basin in Nahcotta on Long Beach Peninsula. Day use on Long Island is encouraged to minimize impacts on wildlife and their habitat; however camping is permitted on Long Island. Always carry a tide table, weather radio, and some form of communication when camping on Long Island. Bring your water as there is no potable water is available on Long Island. To maintain the quiet, remote nature of the island, gas and diesel powered equipment is prohibited on Long Island.

REMINDER: Dogs are not permitted at any unit of the refuge, including trails and parking lots. For the protection of wildlife and the enjoyment of other visitors, please leave your pets at home. During waterfowl hunting season, dogs may be used to retrieve downed birds while hunting waterfowl to prevent waste.

Last updated: March 12, 2013