Located near mile marker 24 on State Route 101 on Willapa Bay just across from Long Island, the Refuge Headquarters offers a public accessible boat launch, parking and restroom facilities, and features the Willapa Art Interpretive Trail and Cutthroat Climb Trail. Maps and brochures are available at the refuge office.
The refuge office is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. The office is closed on all federal holidays. For more information, contact the refuge by phone at 360-484-3482 or by email.
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Willapa Art Trail
One of the first of its kind, this Refuge trail uses commissioned art pieces to teach refuge visitors about the wildlife and habitat found along this path. You’ll find an absence of the traditional educational sign here. Students from the University of Washington Public Arts Program designed, constructed, and installed the artwork for the trail under the direction of professors John Young, Ian Robertson, and Jim Nicholls. Be aware that the boardwalk may be slippery when wet or icy.
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Cutthroat Climb Trail
Woodpeckers, nuthatches, thrushes, wrens, flycatchers and chickadees flit about this challenging trail, where you may also find Roosevelt Elk. Prepare to be amazed by the pure nature of this hiking experience. This is a moderately strenuous trail with steep sections of stairs. It can be slippery in wet conditions.