Teal Slough

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Located approximately 1.5 miles north of the Refuge Headquarters is a great place to take a short hike. Walk two tenths of a mile up the main logging road to the entrance of a spur road located on the north side of the main road to find a small remnant of old growth forest. This unit is open dawn to dusk, but please do not block the gate!


Scan the mudflats to the north and west of the pullout. Look for Belted Kingfishers on the wires or posts, and listen for their loud rattle as they fly from perch to perch. Look for ducks, mergansers, shorebirds and gulls on the mudflats and in the mouth of the Naselle River as it enters Willapa Bay.

Walk the old road to find ancient trees amid a tangle of shrubs and “dog-hair” young trees. Listen for forest birds, such as kinglets, chickadees, thrushes, and woodpeckers. The damp forest here is home to a variety of salamanders. Look for scat or tracks of mammals, such as bear, raccoon or elk. Find out more about the Teal Slough Trail…

Getting There:

This 0.57-mile trail travels through a coastal old growth forest that provides homes for two state and federally protected species, marbled murrelets and spotted owls. Limited parking is available at the Teal Slough Gate. Located just north of the Refuge Headquarters along Highway 101.