Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge provides a wide array of recreational opportunities. With several miles of hiking trails, observation blinds and platforms Ankeny is a great place for wildlife observation. Hike through an Oregon ash wetland along Rail Trail to view waterfowl through an observation blind. Or visit the Eagle Marsh kiosk to view numerous migratory waterfowl in the winter. Click here for Trail Descriptions and Map.
Wildlife Viewing and Photography
The wildlife that use Ankeny NWR as a home or just pass through are diverse and wonderful to see. Large flocks of geese can be seen browsing on refuge fields throughout the winter. Eagle Marsh is a great place to see numerous birds of prey such as peregrine falcons and bald eagles. Here are a few tips for viewing wildlife.
Visitors come to the Willamette Valley NWR Complex for many reasons, but most center on the abundance of wildlife that can be seen during the different seasons. The vision of geese, ducks, and water birds by the thousands dotting the open fields and marshes are enough to entice even the most seasoned of naturalists. Hawks soar overhead, scanning the landscape for a quick meal. Elk and bobcat roam the woodland edge. Iridescent butterfly wings glimmer like jewels in the sun. But most wildlife are naturally apprehensive around people and disappear quickly if approached. Photography blinds can provide visitors with an opportunity to view wildlife up close without disturbing the animal's natural behavior. Two photography blinds are now available to photographers hoping to click that award-winning picture or just preserve a memory to last a life time.
Interpretation \ Environmental Education
Along the trails, at kiosks and parking areas there are numerous interpretive and education signs that describe habitats, historical land uses, migratory birds, songbirds and much more. Take the time to read these signs and learn about this unique area.