Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
At Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, the world's longest natural sand spit softens the rough sea waves to form a quiet bay and harbor, sand and gravel beaches, and tideflats. In these calm waters and tideflats rich in marine life, wildlife find food, a place to rest, and protection from winds and pounding surf. Eelgrass beds in the bay and harbor provide food for Pacific black brant and a nursery for young salmon and steelhead. Tideflats teem with migrating shorebirds in spring and fall; flocks of waterflowl find food and rest in these protected waters during the winter.
A Place for Wildlife and People
Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, one of a system of national Wildlife Refuges throughout the country, protects critical habitat for wildlife and provides viewing opportunities for people. To insure that wildlife continue to have a place to rest and feed, some recreational activities are allowed only in selected areas during certain times of the year. Portions fo the Refuge are closed to provde sanctuary for wildife during critical feeding, resting, and nesting times. Visit the Refuge during different seasons to see the variety of wildlife that use Refuge habitats.
West of Sequim on Highway 101, turn north on Kitchen-Dick Road. Continue 3 miles to Dungeness Recreation Area. Go through the recreation area to the Refuge parking lot.
The Refuge is open daily from sunrise to sunset.
$3.00 per family daily entrance fee. Children under 16 enter free. Refuge Annual Pass, Golden Eagle, Age, and Access Passports and a Federal Duck Stamp also admit family.
An easy 3/8 mile trail takes visitors through forest to an overlook on the bluff above Dungeness Spit. The trail continues down a steep hill to the spit and becomes a 4-1/2 mile beach walk to the lighthouse. Please stay on the trails.
From May 15 to September 30, boating (no wake zone) is allowed up to the 100-yard buffer. Refuge waters are closed to boating from October 1 to May 14.
Public boat launches are located off the Refuge on Cline Spit and near the Oyster House. Boats may land only at the designated landing site near the lighthouse. Advance reservations required; call 360/457-8451.
Fishing and Shellfishing
The Strait side of the Dungeness Spit is open to saltwater fishing year-round, except for the tip of the Spit. Tidelands in Dungeness Bay and Harbor , excluding closed areas shown on the Refuge map, are open to shellfishing May 15 to Sept. 30. Access east and west of Graveyard Spit is by boat only. Washington State fishing regulations apply. All oysters are privately owned and may not be harvested.
Horseback riding is allowed daily Oct. 1 to May 14 and on weekdays May 15 to Sept. 30 on the designated horse trail through the uplands and the beach west of Dungeness Spit base. Advance reservations required; call 360/457-8451.
Jogging, swimming, and other recreational activities are allowed in designated areas year-round.
Closed Areas (Year-Round)
Graveyard Spit, portions of Dungeness Spit, and a 100-yard buffer zone around these areas are closed to public entry.
Jetskiing and windsurfing are not allowed on Refuge waters.
Pets, bicycles, kite flying, fires, camping, and firearms are not allowed on the Refuge
Disturbing or removing plants, animals, driftwood, fossils, or artifacts is prohibited.
Harbor seals and their pups rest on Refuge shores and should not be approached or disturbed. They are protected by the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act.
No camping is allowed on the Refuge. For information on camping call the Dungeness Recreation Area; 360/683-5847 or www.clallam.net/CountyParks/html/parks_dungeness.htm.
Daily tours of the historic New Dungeness Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society. Visit the New Dungeness Light House web site at: www.newdungenesslighthouse.com
Visitors should examine their own abilities before visiting the Refuge. Contact the Refuge Manager for suggestions for using the area safely.
Dungeness Refuge has an active program of volunteers helping with public information, education, maintenance, and wildlife protection. If you would like to become involved, call the Refuge office.
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