Destruction Island Viewpoint

Located approximately one mile south of Ruby Beach, this viewpoint looks out on Destruction Island. Former home to a lighthouse, the island is now part of the Quillayute Needles National Wildlife Refuge and the Washington Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Over a dozen species of seabirds nest in this sanctuary. The total population of seabirds may exceed one million during migration.

Destruction Island is part of Quillayute Needles National Wildlife Refuge.

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Quillayute Needles National Wildlife Refuge

715 Holgerson Rd


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Destruction Island

Marine Mammals Commonly Seen Here

Travel Tips

Destruction Island Viewpoint can be found along Highway 101 in Olympic National Park. Highway 101 hugs the Pacific Ocean for about 12 miles through Olympic National Park from Queets to Ruby Beach. The viewpoint is approx 1 mile south of Ruby Beach.

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