This 7600-acre watershed protects old–growth forest, salmon, amphibians, birds and other species. Stands of old-growth Sitka spruce and Western red cedar are seen in this watershed, providing critical habitat for nesting marbled murrelets, black bears, cougars and elk. The Ellsworth creek provides critical habitat for spawning coho and chum salmon.
The Nature Conservancy purchased the entire watershed in the southwest corner of Washington above Willapa Bay to protect it from habitat fragmentation and logging. With a sound base of science, the Conservancy is restoring forests and miles of vital streams.
This watershed’s restoration plan will ensure that local forest managers benefit from the latest restoration science. This preserve links with the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and combined with it, provides over 15,000 acres of forested habitat which benefits the marbled murrelet, a threatened seabird that nest in old-growth forests.
As the Ellsworth Creek Preserve is an active restoration site, this site is difficult to access. However, nearby protected lands (all part of the Willapa ecosystem) are open for you to enjoy:
- The Willapa National Wildlife Refuge neighbors the Ellsworth Creek Preserve and includes a grove of 1000-year-old Western red cedar trees on Long Island reachable only by boat. Enjoy a cooling afternoon on the water visiting this grove!
- Cape Disappointment State Park offers camping, hiking and 27 miles of ocean beach access.
- The Willapa Bay Trail provides information about kayak access around the bay.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE ELLSWORTH CREEK PRESERVE, PLEASE CLICK HERE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT NEARBY ACCOMMODATIONS AND SERVICES IN THE TOWNS OF ILWACO AND LONG BEACH, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
The Willapa National Wildlife Refuge headquarters are 13 miles north of Ilwaco on U.S. Highway 101.
Written by Noelle van deer Straaten, Volunteer.