What’s a Complex?
Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Complex. A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wildlife management areas or other refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location. Refuges are grouped into a complex structure because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs. Typically, a project leader or complex manager oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and refuge managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges. Supporting staff, composed of administrative, law enforcement, refuge manager, biological, visitor services, and maintenance professionals, are generally, but not always, centrally located and support all refuges within the complex.
Other refuges in the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Complex include: Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer and Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge Complex headquarters is located at 3888 State Route 101, Ilwaco, WA 98624 (near mile marker 24).
Planning your visit
Willapa National Wildlife Refuge consists of several units in southwest Washington state around south Willapa Bay and at the tip of Long Beach Peninsula. The Riekkola unit is located 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. Tarlatt Slough is south of 95th Street, just off Sandridge Road, on the Long Beach Peninsula. Teal Slough is located just north of the Refuge Headquarters.
REMINDER: No dogs are 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.