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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

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“bald eagles”(34 reviews)
“bird watching”(21 reviews)
“high tide”(20 reviews)
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...more
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100 Brown Farm Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516-2302
+1 360-753-9467
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All reviews bald eagles bird watching high tide bring binoculars visitor's center puget sound parks pass tidal flats boardwalk trail spring and fall beautiful nature long boardwalk natural state duck beautiful walk salt water mt rainier
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Reviewed today

Safe place to work. Great photo opportunities. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Not a place for joggers, Great place for bird watching. Great place for families of all ages.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bevierae
Reviewed yesterday

This refuge has lots of birds. The walking paths are clean and nice boardwalks and clean restrooms. We saw lots of Wood Ducks, Mallards, Songs birds, Sea Gulls, Pelicans, Several Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles & Turkey Vultures, etc. Nice viewing areas. Would visit this...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank luv2travelkelly
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a truly beautiful experience to walk out over the incoming or outgoing tide. You feel so embedded with the tidal experience by being able to walk out on a completely elevated walkway, very even, no elevation walk over the tide flats of the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank theofog
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Do you like to hike? Do you like variety? Do you like walks that are flat? If so, this place, which many of us, myself included until recently, passed by and thought of going there "some day." Now, after decades, I have. This is a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank bwanderer1
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great spot to get out into nature at anytime during the year. Popular place for birders. We have come across a tree trunk full of baby raccoons. Fabulous place to walk. Well groomed paths & I feel safe. There is a day...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Carolyn G
Reviewed December 9, 2018

This is a great place to take a long walk. Easy to get to from I-5. Easy to park. Dress for the weather and in layers as you will be walking in shade and sun depending on the length of walk you take. What wildlife...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank white4217
Reviewed December 3, 2018 via mobile

We stopped here after some sporting events in Tacoma. I never knew the nice visitor center and long boardwalk out into the Nisqually flats existed! I was looking to get out and stretch our legs. The visitor center had a room full of paintings by...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sarabeara
Reviewed December 1, 2018 via mobile

I have been here several times before, in multiple seasons. Fall is an awesome time. Lots of people take photos for graduation/maternity shots. I have seen bald eagles here a couple of times, last time there were two who were really close!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jennettea1andonly
Reviewed November 22, 2018

The Refuge is easy to reach, just a bit off I-5, north of Olympia. It is on the flyway between Canada and points south, and always has great birds and waterfowl to view. Their website is a bit clumsy, but if you want to know...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank David P
Reviewed November 18, 2018 via mobile

A great place to take a leisure or brisk walk amongst the beautiful scenic views...plenty of places to sit and rest if need be...definitely a great place for photo taking especially of the bald eagles!

Date of experience: November 2018
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September 2, 2018|
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Response from Bill C | Reviewed this property |
To my knowledge, the trails are open every day, the visitor's center does not have to be open for you to walk the trails. I do know the visitor's center is only open from Wed thru Sunday
September 2, 2018|
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Response from Kausar786 | Reviewed this property |
You can meat in the reserve ground about .5 mile or less walking on the trail close to the historical barn. However you may not light up the grill. I am not certain but you may ask at the reserve office. There are about 4... More
Randy B
March 19, 2018|
Response from MariaT3 | Reviewed this property |
Daily fee is $3.00 per four adults. An Interagency Annual Pass (old Golden Eagle), Senior Pass (old Golden Age), or Access Passport, Federal Duck Stamp, or an Annual Refuge Pass will admit the pass holder and 3 additional... More