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Middle Nemah, Washington

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Willapa Bay is one of the largest estuaries on the southern Washington coast. Its most prominent geographic features are the narrow Long Beach Peninsula, which forms the bay’s western shore, and five-thousand-acre Long Island, which lies on the east side of the bay. The bay and its shores are teeming with wildlife. Three sections of the estuary, including the southern end of the bay, Long Island, and the tip of the peninsula, are part of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. Of the three areas, the island offers the best paddling, but most of the waters surrounding the island are open and can be rough in windy weather. A sea kayak is a better choice than a canoe for paddling near the island, or anywhere else in the bay.

Long Island Professional Review and Guide

"Willapa Bay is one of the largest estuaries on the southern Washington coast. Its most prominent geographic features are the narrow Long Beach Peninsula, which forms the bay’s western shore, and five-thousand-acre Long Island, which lies on the east side of the bay.

The bay and its shores are teeming with wildlife. Three sections of the estuary, including the southern end of the bay, Long Island, and the tip of the peninsula, are part of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. Of the three areas, the island offers the best paddling, but most of the waters surrounding the island are open and can be rough in windy weather. A sea kayak is a better choice than a canoe for paddling near the island, or anywhere else in the bay."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Middle Nemah
Distance: 15
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 4 hours to overnight
Class: Class I
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Long Island 7.5"; NOAA chart 18504
Driving Directions: Directions to Long Island

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May 2018