Leadbetter Point State Park
The northern tip of Long Beach Peninsula is capped by two publicly owned natural areas, Leadbetter Point State Park, and a portion of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. Leadbetter has a 1.5-mile trail through the evergreen forest, connecting both parking lots.
From the north lot, you can enter Willapa and walk through stunted lodgepole pine forests to beachgrass-covered sand dunes along the Pacific Ocean, or head down to the shore of Willapa Bay for a beach walk. The northern end of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is closed to all entry April–August to protect the threatened snowy plover that nests on the dunes here.
This area is also a very important sanctuary for waterfowl, particularly during spring and fall migrations. Bird-watchers will see thousands (and sometimes hundreds of thousands) of black brant, Canada geese, dunlin, plovers, sandpipers, and other birds in the marshes and beaches during these times.
No fires or camping are allowed.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition