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Washington Islands Wilderness

Posted on Jun 4, 2024 in Washington's Wilderness Areas

The Washington Islands Wilderness is located off the Olympic Coast within the Washington Islands National Wildlife Refuges. Comprised of Flattery Rocks, Quillayute Needles, and Copalis, more than 600 islands, rocks, and reefs make up this unit, and all but Destruction Island are designated as Wilderness totaling over 430 acres. This area is managed by US Fish and Wildlife to preserve and protect nesting habitat for more than 70 percent of Washington’s seabirds and support some of the largest seabird colonies in the continental United States.   

The Washington Islands Wilderness was designated in 1970 based on the existing National Wildlife Refuge established by Teddy Roosevelt in 1907.  

The Copalis, Flattery Rocks, and Quillayute Needles Refuges, parts of which are designated as the Washington Islands Wilderness, are closed to visitation to protect wildlife and other natural, cultural, and other resources consistent with the conservation purposes of the refuges.