Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge Travel Guide

  • Map of Wildlife Refuge and Recreation Area (low L)
    Map of Wildlife Refuge and Recreation...
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  • Trail and Camping Map of Dungeness Recreation Area
    Trail and Camping Map of Dungeness...
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  • Tiny Wildflowers in Dungeness Recreation Area
    Tiny Wildflowers in Dungeness Recreation...
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Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge Things to Do

  • New Dungeness Lighthouse

    Constructed in 1857, it seems odd that one of the oldest lighthouses in the Pacific Northwest would be called the New Dungeness Light. However, the New Dungeness name actually comes from the fact that what we now call Dungeness Spit was originally called New Dungeness Spit by Captain George Vancouver, named after Dungeness Point in England.The...

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  • Trails in the Dungeness Recreational...

    While not officially part of the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge, the Dungeness Recreation Area is the property that abuts the refuge directly to the south, and together make up a continuous preserved coastal ecosystem, though the recreational area has had some compromises made to make it primarily a recreational area for people.Trails in the National...

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  • New Entrance Pavilion

    Until late in 2011, the entrance pavilion for the refuge itself from the county park was a small wooden kiosk that featured only a simple map and the pay station for those paying their fees.The pay station box and the form for paying the fee is the same as before. They are a National Wildlife Refuge standard. However, today the entrance to the...

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  • Dungeness Landing: Parasurfing and Wind...

    I don't know anything about parasurfing, wind surfing, and the various other sports that involve blasting across the water on a small wind driven floating object.I can tell you that Dungeness Spit has quite a lot of wind, and there are people who participate in this sport in the recreational area that is open to this type of sport (which is not...

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  • A Walk on the Spit

    If you read through the literature, you will wonder just how long Dungeness Spit really is. Some places say it is some 7 miles in length, while others say it is 5.5 miles in length, while others give various other lengths.The 5.5 mile figure is reasonably close. The 7 mile figure most likely also includes Graveyard Spit, which extends south from...

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  • Dungeness Spit

    The Dungeness Spit is an ever growing (about 15' or 4.5 m per year) natural wonder. It is the longest natural spit in the united states and it protrudes just over 5 miles (8 km) into the Strait of Juan De Fuca. In some places the spit can be as narrow as 50 feet in high tides. The spit has in several occasions been divided by very high tides as...

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  • Dungeness Lighthouse

    The Dungeness Lighthouse lies near the end of the 5+ Mile Spit. It has been in operation since December of 1857. It has been remodeled a few times and is currently 30 feet (9 m) shorter than the original 92 foot (28 m) tower. It was shortened in fears it may collapse when stress fractures formed on the tower.The Lighthouse has seen its fair share...

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  • Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

    Five and a half mile spit, providing habitat to more than 250 species of birds, 41 species of land mammals, and eight species of marine mammals.

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  • Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

    The Interesting ecosystem that is created behind the spit is called an inner bay tide flat. It creates an ideal environment for many species of birds (appx 250), crabs, and many other types of shellfish. In 1915 the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge was created to protect the 756 acre area and keep the habitat pristine.During my visit it was very...

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Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge Warnings and Dangers

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    by glabah Written Jul 29, 2012

    Every year, the fences along the bluff have to be moved back a little ways, as the number of people visiting the lower base of Dungeness Spit at the Clallam County Parks end of things cause the vegetation to wear away, thus causing the sand to wear away.

    In the long term, this means that the next generation of visitors to Dungeness Spit may not have anything left to visit, if the trend continues. While the erosion of the spit is a natural process, hundreds of visitors causing the natural vegetation to wear away is not a natural part of the process, and have severely increased the speed of this process.

    However, there is another caution even for those who don't care if there is anything left for their children or grand children to visit: the sand cliff is severely unstable in its current condition, it is a very long and steep fall to the bottom, and in many places the erosion has left the cliff unsupported and undercut. See photo 2 of the undercut sand cliff, and photo 3 shows the 200 foor or so drop down to the Strait of Juan de Fuca from the trail, and how a recent sand slide has nearly undercut the existing trail and fence.

    Therefore, for your own safety please stay back behind the fence, if not for your children's sake (and leave them some of Dungeness Spit left worth visiting) but please don't risk your own neck here.

    Please Stay Behind Fence for Future of Spit Undercut Sand Cliffs make Walking on Top Unsafe Other Side of Fence: 200 ft Down to Strait
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Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge Off The Beaten Path

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    by Carmanah Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Technically of course, the Dungeness Spit isn't located in the town of Sequim, it's located 'off the beaten path' from Sequim. However, because Dungeness is a major attraction and Sequim is so close, it's really not that far away to be classified as 'off the beaten track'. ;)

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Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge Favorites

  • Carmanah's General Tip

    is being on the actual sand spit at Dungeness. Here I am with my mom and my sister. Keep in mind I was 12 years old and very tall for my age in this picture! It was taken back in 1992.

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  • visit Dungeness Spit, a long...

    visit Dungeness Spit, a long narrow length of sand and beach at the foot of the Dungeness River. The Dungeness Spit reaches out for miles into the water. This is the region famous for Dungeness crab. When you first arrive at the Dungeness Spit and you park your car in the parking lot, you have to walk down a large forested trail to the beach....

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  • Carmanah's General Tip

    getting to the actual beach at Dungeness. Here's what it looks like when you finally emerge from the trail. The atmosphere is amazing, especially if there's a bit of fog.

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