The Best Anglers
Toppenish is all about water birds—well, mostly about. There's no argument, though, that the big wading birds are spectacular. Check out the Wading Bird Photo Gallery.Wading Birds
About the Complex
The Mid-Columbia River Refuges are eight refuges within the Columbia Basin.
Toppenish is managed as part of the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
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About the NWRS
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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Water in the desert always brings birds, and Toppenish is known for its birds, from the thousands of waterfowl migrating through to those species that stay to raise their families. Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to work on your life list. Here’s our bird list.Bird List
Want to see more animals on your trip to Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge? Here are some tips from the "experts."Watching Wildlife
Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge is adding to its wetland acreage with the conversion of a weed infested upland to approximately 30 acres of prime wetland habitat! The restoration will not only increase the amount of feeding and loafing habitat available for migratory and wintering water birds, but will also improve the function of the adjacent wetlands by providing greater connectivity.Resource Management
Steelhead are part of the history and mystique of the Northwest. Immortalized in ink by Zane Grey, pursued by anglers from around the world, prized by chefs throughout the region, steelhead are a defining symbol of the West Coast. Steelhead fishing, especially by dry fly, is an almost mythical experience to its followers. Toppenish NWR is doing its part to ensure the long-term viability of steelhead populations.
Page Photo Credits Muskrat - Michael Bamford
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2014