San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge

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San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Location San Juan County, Washington, United States
Nearest city Friday Harbor, Washington
Coordinates 48°38′49″N 123°04′59″W / 48.64704°N 123.08296°W / 48.64704; -123.08296Coordinates: 48°38′49″N 123°04′59″W / 48.64704°N 123.08296°W / 48.64704; -123.08296[1]
Area 454 acres (1.84 km2)
Established 1976
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge

The San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge is in the San Juan Islands of the Salish Sea, north of Puget Sound, in the State of Washington. Created in 1976, it comprises 83 small, uninhabited islands, scattered throughout the San Juans, with a combined area of approximately 454 acres (1.84 km2). The Refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

All but two of the islands are designated Wilderness Areas. Visitors are prohibited, and boaters must keep at least 200 yards from the shore to avoid disturbing the wildlife.[2] The other two islands in the refuge, Matia Island and Turn Island, are state parks, managed jointly with the Washington State Park System, and are accessible only by boat.

The habitats of the various islands range from small rocks to larger grassy or forested islands, some with high cliffs that provide nesting sites for a wide variety of marine birds.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

  1. ^ "San Juan Wilderness (San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Plan Your Visit". San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 

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