Kayaking South Willapa Bay – Saturday, 9/25, 4pm – 6pm
Join us for a kayak tour in the South Bay Unit of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. This expansive area has an array of open water, sloughs, and channels that are being restored through reconnections with the bay. We’ll paddle from the new boat launch off the Parker Slough Trail toward the South Bay Overlook, and enjoy the intertidal flats and salt marsh habitat that offer views of the surrounding hills.
Route options will depend on wind conditions and group interests; a likely route into Tarlatt Slough is shown. We will likely see numerous shorebirds, wading birds and waterfowl, including dunlins, western sandpipers, yellowlegs, great blue herons, mallards, green-wing teal and American wigeon. Bald eagles, northern harriers, and red-tailed hawks are also usually visible.
Tour is led by Pat Welle, a Friends of Willapa Refuge Board Member and sea kayak instructor with years of experience paddling in southwest Washington. Meet at the Parker Slough trailhead as shown in the map below. Participants should bring their own kayak, paddle, and life-vest, plus water. Dress in shoes that can get wet; non-cotton clothing is recommended.
- Tour participants will meet at the end of 67th Street off Sandridge, at the parking lot just before the gate up the hill to the Refuge headquarters. It is about two and a half miles from Sandridge to the parking lot.
- Tour participants will need to drive out to the launch, drop off their kayaks, drive to the parking area and walk back out (see map below.) Unfortunately, parking is not available on the dike (there is one ADA parking spot available). Distance from parking lot to launch is approximately 1/3 mile.
- Limited to 12 participants; must be a registered attendee of Wings Over Willapa.
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