Westport is a bustling seaport town at the mouth of Grays Harbor. A municipal fishing pier, three large rock jetties, and two state park beaches offer a good viewing of migrating gray whales, harbor seals, California sea lions, brown pelicans, Caspian terns, and other marine birds.
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
|Description: The lower Columbia River floodplain, with its mild, rainy winters and agricultural production, is a magnet for may thousands of wintering waterfowl on the Pacific Flyway. Ridgefield Refuge is a diverse community of sloughs, shallow ponds, and riparian woodlands. All seven subspecies of Canada geese found in the Pacific Flyway can be seen at Ridgefield, including the western Canada goose and the dusky, which nests in Alaska’s Copper River Delta. Watch for tundra swans, bald eagles, and sandhill cranes. Black-tailed deer are common, and painted turtles are often seen basing on logs on sunny days.|
Wildlife to Watch: High probability of seeing large numbers of wintering ducks and Canada geese. Look for western Canada geese year-round. Good chance of seeing tundra swans in December through March, bald eagles in winter, and sandhill cranes during fall. Two main units of the refuge have been developed for public wildlife viewing, with ample parking and interpretive kiosks. At the Carty Unit, a two-mile self-guided “Oaks to Wetlands” interpretive trail winds through oak woodlands, wetlands, and open water habitats. Trailhead is one mile north of refuge headquarters in Ridgefield. The River “S” Unit features a maintained gravel road with designated parking areas and a wheelchair-accessible trail and observation blind at Rest Lake. Areas south and east of the road are closed to access from October 1 – April 15.
Special Tips: LIMITED INTRY HUNTING IS ALLOWED DURING FALL WATERFOWL SEASON IN THE AREA NORTH AND WEST OF THE RIVER "S" UNIT.
Ownership: U.S.D.A. Forest Service
Size: 4627 acres
Closest Town: Ridgefield
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