Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Olympia: Hours, Address, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Reviews: 4.5/5

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
4.5
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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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Parker
Houston, TX3 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
My husband and I are on a 2 week vacation around Washington state and stopped here on a whim. We arrived around 3pm one day and loved it so much we got up to come back at sunrise the next day. We saw many eagles - one with a squirrel catch and one perched on a tree close enough to photograph. We saw a harbor seal swimming in the river (albeit brief), many ducks and several beautiful herons. On our way out we saw a river otter playing in the pond by the nature center! We met a regular there who had just spotted and photographed a mink. Wonderful place with much to see if you look!
Written September 11, 2021
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travellinggal10
82 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
This is a really beautiful place. When we visited it was not even very crowded, but it is not the best time currently to view the wildlife and the birds. For most birds winter time would probably be better. It is very beautiful in there though and the mile long boardwalk trail along the delta is a must to do walk.
Written September 26, 2021
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Garry C
Perth, Canada4 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
I am a bit mobility challenged but the walk in on the trails and out over the water was one of the highlights of my trip to Olympia. I was here before, years ago but the removal of the artificial structures has had a spectacular result. So many species in such numbers!!!! Don’t miss out.
Written January 1, 2020
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Lisa S
7 contributions
Jan 2022 • Solo
I have driven by a zillion times , so glad I stopped! I caught a calm winter day with sun & clouds-it was really dynamic over the water. I had zero expectations and I can tell you it was exactly what my mind & body needed after typical Pacific NW winter weather. I think I got there at 3 and had to turn around about 4:30 with sun going down. I didn’t make it to the end of the boardwalk out into the sound so look forward to going back. I also plan to return during all the seasons. I was surprised at the variety of bird life in Winter, loved it. LOTS of photographers. I definitely wished i’d had my good camera & binoculars. So grateful for accessible nature areas like this.
Written January 18, 2022
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Andrew B
Tumwater, WA1,422 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Took our first trip ALL THE WAY OUT TO THE END OF THE BOARDWALK. 2 miles out, 2 miles back. Lots of cool views of wildlife.

Birds, nests, boats, bird poop, trees, mud, water, deer, more mud, you get the picture.

Went early (815am) and the temp stayed coolish while out in the sun.

For more shade, stick with the shorter loop.

Good times for the kiddos as well.
Written July 19, 2021
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Erin Rutherford
3 contributions
Sep 2019
Bring your kids, bring your cameras, and explore an estuary. (It's a bit of a walk for the sedentary or children, but there's a bathroom at the entrance and another halfway along the 'long' loop.) In spring and summer, look for the garter snakes and mushrooms! In autumn and winter, watch for the berries, ducks and resident year-long herons. I love to go here for the exercise and the sights. The travel lodge has a good selection of research books, and parking is rarely difficult.
Written February 11, 2020
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Oly55
Olympia, WA114 contributions
Dec 2020
Nice place for a long or short nature walk. Family friendly & all level, no hills at all. Please note the boardwalk out to the sound isn’t always open due to maintenance & duck hunting season.
Written January 17, 2021
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Graysonthego
Olympia, WA4 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
This is a nice place for a long walk with mostly flat land. Small hills, stroller accessible! Beautiful views once you get out into the refuge area. 2.1 miles to the end of the boardwalk, round trip 4.2 miles.
Written May 28, 2021
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JustMeriMaat
Washington1 contribution
There are a lot of great things to see at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, but you really have to keep your eyes open. There are frogs, snakes, birds, etc. But many of them remain hidden if you don't stop and look carefully.
Written February 1, 2008
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Steve J
Nephi, UT270 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
Seeing the small sign beside I-5 freeway exit 114, we decided we needed a break from the rush of freeway, traffic, and people. Unknown to 99.9% of the passing drivers just a few yards away, we found another time and place. First were the apple trees. Neglected, but still producing beautiful, delicious apples which were just right in mid August. We picked up several beautiful, delicious ones at the free kids educational area. Next was the visitors center. Closed on Monday, but the restrooms clean and appreciated. Saw the swallow in her nest in the corner by the water fountain. Watched the birds feeding on the pond thru the free binoculars.
Then came the boardwalk. Over a mile of shady wooden accessible walkways over the woodlands, besides the river and fields to huge barns and quiet. This was a farm for over 100 years, now reverting to wilderness and wetlands. Further walks along dikes in the wetland to lookout towers and blinds available. Visitor's center open Wed-Sun only. All this for $3.
Written August 19, 2014
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