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The Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting refuge programs and enhancing awareness and appreciation of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. Come explore the unique and beautiful wildlife areas in Pacific and Wahkiakum Counties that comprise the refuge complex!

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The New Overlook is Done!
The new overlook on the South Bay Trail is ready for visitors! The iconic spiral design is inset with ceramic depictions of various shorebirds that frequent Willapa Bay and is the perfect spot to sit and observe nature as the tides ebb and flow and the seasons change. The berms that surround the concrete structure will soon sport native plants and grasses to further enhance the site. A colorful interpretive sign at the entrance helps visitors learn more about estuarine habitat and wildlife.
The overlook is located at the end of the Tarlatt Unit (entrance/parking at the end of 95th Street, east of Sandridge) and includes a gravel trail of about a half mile, with one moderate hill. Be sure to also stop and read the other three new interpretive signs along the way. Come out and take a look, sit for a bit, and relish the silence and beauty as you look over the bay and this unique and stunning part of our very own National Wildlife Refuge.
The Friends would like to thank the following for their contributions in making this new community destination a reality: Templin Foundation; National Fish & Wildlife Foundation; Commission for Environmental Cooperation; Brothers Concrete, Inc.; Renee O’Connor (Willapa Bay Tile); Brian Bainnson (Quatrefoil, Inc.); Elise Wahl (Timberdoodle); volunteers Kathleen Sayce and Todd Wiegardt; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Migratory Birds; Willapa National Wildlife Refuge; and all of you who support the Friends and the Refuge.
Even more fun for you amateur photographers! Take some photos when you are out at the overlook and send them to Rebecca at, so she can post them on Facebook and our website.
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