Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

Dungeness Spit

Here’s a partial view of the Dungeness Spit, part of the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. At 5.5 miles long, the Spit is the longest natural sand spit in the United States and encloses Dungeness Bay. The New Dungness Lighthouse, opened in 1857, is out of view at its tip.

The Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge was created by Executive Order on January 20, 1915 by President Woodrow Wilson. It was created “as a refuge, preserve and breeding ground for native birds” and is a prime resting spot for migrating shorebirds and wintering waterfowl. The Spit is walking distance from a parking lot at the end of Voice of America Road. A National Park entry fee is required at the trail head and dogs are not allowed. If you hope to log any distance on the spit, time your trek at low tide for easier walking.

Locals: Celebrations of the 100 year anniversary of the Refuge will be kicked off today at the Red Cedar Hall of the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe, 1033 Old Blyn Highway. A free party from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. includes an illustrated presentation on the refuge’s history, displays, cake, and punch. No RSVP is necessary. Click here for a schedule of other events planned this year.

6 thoughts on “Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge”

  1. Thank you for this. I’ve heard of the refuge but have never seen such a dramatic and informative photo of it! I’m wondering if it’s being impacted at all by rising waters as are some areas in south Florida?

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