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Five Wonderful Washington Winter Wildlife Walks in Long Beach

Updated on July 1, 2013

Wildlife Gone Wild; Even when it's Cold Outside

Washington State may be cold in the winter, but it almost never snows. If you can handle a little rain or wind, you can still see some beautiful things no matter what season it is.

This website will show you five different trails & areas you can visit while you are at the Long Beach Washington Peninsula.

All of the photos were taken by me and I wanted to show the various types of species that you can see while hiking or just driving along.

I hope you enjoy this site and there are some opportunities for you to comment and participate. I hope you do.

Thank you for visiting!

Photo by author of website, tvyps

Long Beach footprints
Long Beach footprints

Let's take a Winter Walk Together

You can go barefoot, but it might get a little chilly

Long Beach Washington is a secret that not many know about. It is actually a peninsula that is on the Washington coast and you have to drive across marshland to get there.

There are numerous resorts and it is a quaint location. It isn't too far from Oregon and you can drive across a long bridge to get there. Pardon me, but I had trouble with this because I am afraid of heights!

If you love birds, you will see many of them here. You will also see many other types of wildlife. I have taken numerous photos of those that I found most interesting.

Although there are many bears here, I did not see any during my visit. While walking the Lewis and Clark Trail I did hear some moaning in the bushes and was told be a Ranger that it was probably a young black bear. I didn't venture into the bushes to find out.

Take a walk along the trails with me to find out about Long Beach Washington and the nature that resides there!

Photo by author of website, tvyps

How do I get to Long Beach Washington?

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Have you been to the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington?

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Long Beach Washington - Boardwalk and Beach

Long Beach Washington is actually the main city on the Long Beach Peninsula.

It has miles of beaches and a wonderful boardwalk that goes between two beach entrances.

The Long Beach Boardwalk Discovery Trail also runs along the coast for about 8 miles. Wildlife is abundant along the trail.

Long Beach, Washington
Long Beach, Washington

Herring Gulls

Herring Gulls
Herring Gulls

Sanderling Sandpipers

Sanderling Sandpipers
Sanderling Sandpipers

Brown Pellicans - Diving and Feeding on Fish

Brown Pellicans
Brown Pellicans

Great Egret

Great Egret
Great Egret

The Long Beach Peninsula (Images of America: Washington) - by Nancy Hobbs and Donella Lucero

Long Beach Washington Coastline

The Long Beach Washington Coastline is runs the length of the entire Long Beach Peninsula.

You can also drive or walk to the entire coastline beach through various access points.

At the South is Cape Disappointment with its two lighthouses and to the North is the Leadbetter Point State Park.

Long Beach, Washington Coastline
Long Beach, Washington Coastline

Canadian Geese

Canadian Geese
Canadian Geese

Caterpillar for Virginia Tiger Moth

Caterpillar for Virginia Tiger Moth
Caterpillar for Virginia Tiger Moth

Common Garter Snake

Common Garter Snake
Common Garter Snake

Bears on the Long Beach Peninsula - Are they humanely treated?

Bears are occasionally euthanized on the Long Beach Peninsula because they get too used to being around people. What do you think of this practice?

I think it is humane as the bears are dangerous. If they are not afraid of people, there is nothing that can be done

I think it is humane as the bears are dangerous. If they are not afraid of people, there is nothing that can be done

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    • Sherry Venegas 4 years ago from La Verne, CA

      If there are Zoos or preserves that interface with wildlife management for every instance that is dangerous and picks up the tab for capture and transportation, a bear should be saved. Communication like that is sometimes hard to establish or space for an additional bear can not be found. It is never humane because people who have to do it, may not like the idea either. In Alaska all kills for whatever reason found or caused by government is given to the disadvantaged.

    Instead of euthanizing these bears, they should be relocated where there are no people or into preserves or zoos

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

        This is a controversial subject for sure. I like the idea of relocating troublesome wildlife when possible. We have moved into their spaces and they get used to us and may become dangerous. People should never feed bear because they put others at risk. I do understand that sometimes they may be euthanized but I hop that is very rare.

      Rock Jetty on the Long Beach Washington Coast near the Oregon Border

      Near the Southern end of the Long Beach Peninsula, there is a Rock Jetty that is accessible to the public.

      It sticks out of the public beach and goes for about a mile. The beach in this area is a natural habitat and you can see various species of wildlife.

      Rock Jetty on the Long Beach, Washington Coast near the Oregon Border
      Rock Jetty on the Long Beach, Washington Coast near the Oregon Border

      Tarantula Hawk

      Tarantula Hawk
      Tarantula Hawk

      Explorer's Guide Washington (Second Edition) (Explorer's Complete) - by Denise Fainberg

      The Lewis and Clark Trail

      In the Cape Disappointment State Park, you can walk along the actual trail that was traversed by Lewis and Clark in their 19th Century journey to the West Coast.

      There is a large hill and at the top, is the end of the trail where Lewis and Clark actually overlooked the Pacific Ocean.

      Lewis and Clark Trail
      Lewis and Clark Trail

      Overlook at the end of the Lewis and Clark Trail - This is their View when they Reached the Pacific Ocean

      Overlook at the end of the Lewis and Clark Trail
      Overlook at the end of the Lewis and Clark Trail

      Female Ruddy Duck

      Female Ruddy Duck
      Female Ruddy Duck

      Leadbetter Point State Park, Washington

      Leadbetter Point State Park is at the Northern end of the Long Beach Peninsula.

      You park your car and then can take numerous trails that can be several miles. You can see the Gulf side of the peninsula and if you walk several miles, you can see the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula.

      Gulf Side of Leadbetter Point State Park

      Gulf Side of Ledbetter Point State Park
      Gulf Side of Ledbetter Point State Park

      Variation of a Banded Woolly Bear Caterpillar of the Isabella Tiger Moth

      Variation of a Banded Woolly  Bear Caterpillar of the Isabella Tiger Moth
      Variation of a Banded Woolly Bear Caterpillar of the Isabella Tiger Moth

      Great Blue Heron

      Great Blue Heron
      Great Blue Heron

      The Moon Jellyfish

      Moon Jellyfish
      Moon Jellyfish

      Great Blue Heron

      Great Blue Heron
      Great Blue Heron

      Douglas Squirrel

      Douglas Squirrel
      Douglas Squirrel

      Lighthouse at Leadbetter Point State Park

      Lighthouse at Ledbetter Point State Park
      Lighthouse at Ledbetter Point State Park

      Washington State's Long Beach Peninsula - A wonderful video to enjoy

      Long Beach Washington at Dusk

      Long Beach, Washington at Dusk
      Long Beach, Washington at Dusk

      Sunset at Long Beach Washington

      Sunset at Long Beach, Washington
      Sunset at Long Beach, Washington

      Now that you've visited, What do you think of Long Beach Washington?

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      After this Visit to Long Beach Washington, do you think you will be Scheduling a Flight to the Peninsula Soon?

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          Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

          @anonymous: I loved the trip. I guess that Fargo might have some Winter bugs but most would be hibernating right now. Don't you have lakes there? There are beaches on the lakes if they aren't covered with snow! ha! Thank you for visiting!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Long Beach Washington has been well introduced to the world by you with its many wonders big and small and can even include a walk along the Lewis and Clark trail. I love your pictures along the way and had never seen a Moon Jellyfish and wondering if this one is okay. We had some Washington winter weather with rain in Fargo but I didn't go to the beach, there isn't one in Fargo and there wouldn't be any insects around here. Thanks for some lovely moments here!

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          Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

          @getmoreinfo: You're welcome. It was nice to share this with others.

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          Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

          @greenmind: Thank you! I appreciate the visit and the compliment!

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          greenmind 4 years ago

          Brilliant lens, a topic under our noses that everyone missed. Nice!

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          getmoreinfo 4 years ago

          thanks for the Wildlife Walks in Long Beach

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          Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

          @peterb6001: I do too! Thanks for visiting.

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          Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

          @ItayaLightbourne: I am in Arizona but have been all over Washington. It is one of my favorite States...but a little too wet for me. I would love to see any lens you build that has photos of Washington. Let me know! Thanks for the visit.

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          Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

          A lovely lens, I love to see the sea in winter.

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          Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

          I live in WA state and have been near there but don't think we stopped at Long Beach. It looks very beautiful! Wonderful images. Thank you for sharing with us all. :)

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          Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

          @paperfacets: Thank you for your comments and visit! It is a nice place to visit, all year round.

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          Sherry Venegas 4 years ago from La Verne, CA

          I enjoyed browsing your lens about winter things to do. The pictures are very interesting and I definitely want to go to Long Beach, Washington.

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          Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

          @PNWtravels: Thank you Vicki! I enjoyed the trip. If you like to walk, there are a lot of places to do so...or just sit on the beach and watch the ocean.

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          poldepc lm 4 years ago

          I love travelling; just twice been in the US...Nashville, Atlanta...but have a lot more cities to visit...

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          Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

          I haven't been there for several years, but I love Long Beach. Thanks for the virtual visit that brought back memories of the last time I was there. Beautiful photos!