LONG ISLAND - From Aug. 25 to Sept.14, a free camping permit will be required for camping on the Long Island Unit (Game Management Unit 699) of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge.

This period includes the early elk archery season which runs from Sept.1-14 and the week prior to the season opening. The free permits can be obtained at the refuge headquarters parking lot kiosk. The kiosk is located across from the refuge's boat launch. Campers should fill out one permit per campsite group. The top half of the permit should be deposited into the campground vacancy board and the bottom half of the permit should be posted at the campsite on the numbered 4x4 post.

Camping on Long Island is on a first-come-first-served basis. Up to five people can camp at each site. Camping is limited to 14 days during any 30 day period. Twenty-one sites within five campgrounds are available for camping. No camping is permitted outside of the designated campsites.

Hunters will be required to fill out a permit harvest card when hunting elk, bear, or grouse on the Long Island Unit. Hunters should pick up a free permit prior to hunting and keep it with them in the field. After hunting on the island, hunters should complete the harvest information on the permit and drop it off at the refuge office or kiosk drop box. Data from the permits help the refuge better manage the natural resource. Only archery hunting is permitted. Firearms are not allowed on the island.

Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is one of over 538 national wildlife refuges administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Service is responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Information: (360) 484-3482.

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