The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife preserve operated by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service on the Nisqually River Delta near Puget Sound in northeastern Thurston County, Washington and northwestern Pierce County, Washington. The refuge is located just off Interstate 5, between the cities of Tacoma and Olympia.
The 12.6 km2 refuge was created in 1974 to provide habitat and nesting areas for waterfowl and other migratory birds. It includes a protected estuary, salt marshes and open mudflats, freshwater marshes, open grassland, and riparian woodland and brush. An additional is protected by the disjoint Black River Unit on a tributary of the Chehalis River.
On December 18, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Billy Frank Jr. Tell Your Story Act into law, redesignating the wildlife refuge in honor of Nisqually tribe leader and treaty rights activist Billy Frank, Jr., who died in 2014. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge by using our Olympia online holiday planner.
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge reviews
A nice place to go in the winter-- just make sure to wear a lot though. We saw plenty of birds and wildlife and enjoyed the views and water. But there was one thing that disrupted our trip and the... more »
Great place to go on a nice day. Lots of things to see. Make sure you have you walking shoes on. This boardwalk goes all the way out into the sound . more »
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