Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge in Washington

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Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

The 636-acre Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge is home to a host of waterfowl and migrating shorebirds and includes one of the world’s largest natural sand spits. It’s an excellent location for wildlife viewing and photography.

  • One of the best places on the peninsula to observe birds to go birdwatching 
  • Hike to the picturesque New Dungeness Lighthouse 
  • Numerous opportunities to photograph shorebirds, waterfowl, sea lions, and other animals

What can I see and do at Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge? 

  • Wildlife Observation/Photography: If you’ve come to the Pacific Northwest to do some birding or other wildlife viewing, this is an ideal place for it. You’ll also walk away with some stunning photos. Visitors can explore the refuge on their own and should expect to see a variety of shorebirds in the spring and fall and waterfowl in the summertime. Trails are provided and all visitors should stay off the bluffs and animals should not be disturbed. 
  • Hiking: From the Dungeness Wilderness Wildlife Refuge, you can take an 11-mile round-trip trek to the picturesque New Dungeness Lighthouse. It takes about 4-6 hours to accomplish the hike at a leisurely pace, but the view once you reach the lighthouse is worth it. Wear sturdy and comfortable shoes and use the restroom facilities before you start your hike as there are none at the lighthouse. 
  • Swimming: Swimming is allowed in certain areas of the refuge at certain times of the year when the birds or other animals will not be disturbed. Contact the refuge headquarters for specific information on the day of your visit.

Where is Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge?

The Dungeness Wildlife Refuge is accessed through the Dungeness Recreation Area. From Port Angeles, take Highway 101 east to Kitchen-Dick Road north. Follow the road as it turns to the east (right) and becomes Lotzgesell Road. The entrance to the recreation area will be on the left.

How much does Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge cost?

There is a daily entrance fee of $3 per family. Several Federal Recreation Passes are accepted including: Golden Eagle, Golden Age, Golden Access, Federal Duck Stamp and the Dungeness NWR Annual Pass. They also accept the following “America the Beautiful” passes: Annual, Senior, Volunteer, and Access.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

For more information on this beautiful Olympic Peninsula attraction, call 360-457-8451. Find more information on their website.