Willapa Bay is a bay located on the southwest Pacific coast of Washington state in the United States. The Long Beach Peninsula separates Willapa Bay from the greater expanse of the Pacific Ocean. With over 260 square miles (670 km2) of water surface Willapa Bay is the second largest estuary on the United States Pacific coast. Early settlers called the bay Shoalwater Bay and this name is found on old maps and charts of the region.
Willapa Bay is fairly shallow: more than half of its surface area lies in the intertidal zone, and in fact half of the volume of water inside it enters and leaves with every tide. The bay is an estuary formed when the Long Beach Peninsula, a long sand spit from the Columbia River to the south, partially enclosed the estuaries of several smaller rivers. It is a ria, which formed after the rise in sea level at the end of the last ice age flooded several small river valleys. The North River, Willapa River, and Naselle River provide most of the freshwater input into the bay. Other rivers that empty into Willapa Bay include the Bone River, Niawiakum River, Palix River, Naselle River, and Bear River, among others.
The bay is bordered by several smaller towns and unincorporated communities such as Raymond, South Bend, and Tokeland. The bay is entirely located within Pacific County, Washington and is home to a local oyster and seafood processing industry: approximately 9% of all oysters in the U.S. are grown there.
Willapa Bay is known for its amazing biodiversity and much of it, including the entirety of Long Island, has been set aside as part of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. The oyster beds help the ecosystem by providing habitats and filtering water, improving the quality of the water. The bay's ecology was threatened in the 1990s by the rapid spreading of atlantic cordgrass (Spartina Alterniflora), a non-native species of grass introduced possibly to help preserve wetlands and marsh areas, and possibly simply by accident, as packing material in crates of oysters from the East Coast. The State of Washington has been spraying an herbicide thought not to threaten other species since the middle of the first decade of the new century, and the spartina threat is much reduced.
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Coordinates: 46°39′44″N 124°0′38″W / 46.66222°N 124.01056°W
Toyota goes Airborne into Willapa Bay
Toyota lost control on a shrp right hand turn in the rain . The car spun out crossed the center line and dropped off a 14 foot imbankment over large boulders...
Willapa Bay Shark fishing #1
Shark fishing with Sevengill Outfitters on Willapa Bay Washington. My 9 year old son needs help with this 7 1/2' Broadnose Sevengill shark.
Willapa Bay and the Oyster
8.5 minute video about the Oyster Industry and the History of Willapa Bay Sponsored by: Port of Peninsula, Nahcotta, Washington Directed, Produced, Written &...
Clam digging (Willapa Bay spits)
Razor Clam digging in Willapa Bay on the spits. This is a little video I figured I would attempt to make while winding down on a morning of clam digging. My ...
Willapa Bay Shark fishing #3
Shark fishing with Sevengill Outfitters on Willapa Bay Washington. My 9 year old brings in a 4.5' Broadnose Sevengill shark.
crab fishing on willapa bay. 2010
Coast Guard Rescues Four and Their Dog Near Willapa Bay, Wash.
The Coast Guard rescued four people and their dog near Leadbetter Point at the entrance to Willapa Bay, Wash., after their vessel ran aground, Jan. 25, 2013....
gillnetting with my dad on willapa bay
I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor)
Beautiful Willapa Bay
A short cruise to Raymond, WA on a beautiful September day.
Ride along Wilapa Bay Washington, East of Long Beach.
Sun, 19 May 2013 08:30:50 -0700
The menu selections are made to order with good options of housemade soups, salads (grilled skirt steak salad) and interesting sandwiches (muffuletta and longtime favorite grilled brie, pear and pepper bacon) for lunch. Fish, seafood (Willapa Bay ...
Sun, 19 May 2013 06:06:53 -0700
... with its historic floodplain. • Columbia Stock Ranch: 960 acres, acquired in 2012 to restore wetlands and historic salmon habitat near Rainier, Ore. • Willapa Bay: 380 acres, aims to protect diverse ecosystem from development and habitat degradation.
Thu, 16 May 2013 15:51:14 -0700
Twin Harbors is the beach from the Willapa Bay entrance's north side in Pacific County nearly to Westport in Grays Harbor County. The morning dig scheduled May 24-26 got the green light from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) after ...
Thu, 09 May 2013 10:35:35 -0700
It is particularly good to observe that Whiskey Creek's Mark Wiegardt and Sue Cudd – with deep links to Willapa Bay – are helping set the table for future generations of oyster growers and lovers. Make no mistake – Olympia oysters will never again be a ...
Tue, 14 May 2013 19:07:46 -0700
BAY CENTER: A Willapa Bay/ Palix River fishing village near Highway 101. Bay Center is on a peninsula (the tip is called Goose Point), which extends into the center of Willapa Bay. The point was the site of an Indian encampment and trading ground ...
Tue, 14 May 2013 19:07:40 -0700
Located at Wilson Field, just two blocks south of Bay Avenue on Sandridge Road, the venue has three sides bordered by evergreen trees with the fourth side providing glimpses of Willapa Bay. Vendors and artisans may register for a booth through the ...
The Maritime Executive
The Maritime Executive
Wed, 15 May 2013 11:00:20 -0700
Two similar vessels, the Willapa Express and the W.E. Morris Express use the same tilt-deck system and are presently operated by Coast Seafoods in Willapa Bay, Washington. Pacific Express launched in April for sea trials out of La Conner, Washington.
The Seattle Times
Fri, 10 May 2013 10:25:11 -0700
... magnet for mountain bikers. If you're quiet — and lucky — you may get a close-up · Enlarge this photo. Mike McQuaide. If you're quiet — and lucky — you may get a close-up view of a heron while kayaking the Bone River off Willapa Bay. Enlarge ...
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