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History of McKay Creek

McKay Creek Dam & Refuge History

Dam Illustration

Really like history? This is the page for you. Learn about the making of the McKay Creek NWR and Dam.

History of McKay Creek Refuge & Dam

About the Complex

Mid-Columbia River Refuges

The Mid-Columbia River Refuges are eight refuges within the Columbia Basin.

McKay Creek is managed as part of the Mid-Columbia River Refuges.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Of Interest

  • Hunting Lotteries

    Bird Hunting

    Due to staffing shortages, the hunting lotteries won’t open until mid-August. They will still close the second Friday in September—September 11, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. So, you’ll still have plenty of time to register—about a month, give or take a couple of days. We know you’re anxiously awaiting the new season, but getting your registration in two months early won’t make the season get here any faster. However, just so you’re ready to go when the lotteries do open, we’ve pulled together some information on lottery odds over the last couple of years.

    Lottery Odds
  • Watching Wildlife


    Want to see more animals on your trip to McKay Creek National Wildlife Refuge? Here are some tips from the "experts."

    Watching Wildlife
Page Photo Credits — Ducks in Flight - Chuck & Grace Bartlett, Barn Owlets - Kevin Keatley, Little Brown Myotis - Michael Durham & Bat Conservation International
Last Updated: Jun 26, 2015


  • 2015 Events Calendar

    Snowy Owl - EventsJanuary 01, 2015

    We've summarized our of events for you in PDF format. Things do change, so please look at the event details in the calendar.

    2015 Events Calendar (PDF)
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