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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 100 Brown Farm Rd, Olympia, WA 98516
Phone Number: 360 753 9467
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: Located on the Nisqually River Delta in Southern Puget Sound, this refuge...
Located on the Nisqually River Delta in Southern Puget Sound, this refuge consists of three thousand acres of salt and freshwater marshes, grasslands and mixed forest habitats that provide a resting and nesting area for a wide variety of migratory birds.
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Highly recommend for bird-watching

We have not been to this Wildlife refuge since the boardwalk was completed a few years ago so it was nice to enjoy all of the new areas. The boardwalk now goes out a few miles... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Coupeville, Washington
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Coupeville, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We have not been to this Wildlife refuge since the boardwalk was completed a few years ago so it was nice to enjoy all of the new areas. The boardwalk now goes out a few miles & we saw many birds along the way. It is now very accessible for anyone to get out & enjoy the birdlife throughout the... More 

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Olympia, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

We, my hubby and I, took a walk and enjoyed the scenery and serenity of this wonderful place. It was a beautiful spring Saturday, birds were singing, ducks and geese were doing their thing and the tide was quickly flowing in. The new boardwalk is excellent with little view points along the way. I recommend it as a really great... More 

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Olympia, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Whether you walk or kayak, this place is beautiful. The birds are abundant. The tidal currents are very strong in here, so it's best to plan your launch to go in when the tide is rising and ride out on an outgoing tide.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Wednesday morning offers local birders that will share their knowledge, which is extensive! Good place for kids to learn and get some running in as well! Bring a rain jacket in case.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is a nature destination for all types of people. The fee is affordable (just a few dollars) and the trails are flat and wide. The entire refuge is easily accessed by all physical types. Boardwalks access the river bank and delta, providing great bird and aquatic mammal observation and numerous educational opportunities. Remember your binoculars and camera on this... More 

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olympia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nice long walk on a decent day. Those that are'nt used to Western Washingtons cool, wet weather, might want to wait until late summer. Heels not advised. Gravel and dirt walking paths. Suggest jogging vs umbrella stroller.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I am an avid birder, and the Volunteers at Nisqually NWR conduct weekly bird walks, with 15-40 folks participating. Phil Kelly, Shep Thorp, and Nate Swecker lead the trips, providing identification, pointers, camaraderie, and expert eyes. The Refuge has several miles of walking trails along freshwater, fields and the Nisqually estuary of Puget Sound. A visitors' information center and learning... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

There is a newly constructed boardwalk out into the delta area that is exquisite. You can enjoy many bird sightings, including frequent viewings of bald eagles. Dogs are not allowed. The walk can take over an hour if you stop along the way (and back) to view the wildlife and enjoy the peace and quiet. There is a Gift Shop... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I Love this place.... easy walking, lots of wildlife to see, beautiful trails along the sound, the river, the mud flats, so lots of different things to see....

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Words fail me. Oh to be a heron or kayaker and have this as my permanent address. Would love to see a small ampitheatre with a video of how the pier was built or how the naturalists reconverted this to a natural estuary, similar to the viewings at Mt Rainier.

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