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Black-capped ChickadeeToppenish is a refuge for the serious birder, and it’s managed that way. There aren't a lot of amenities, there are no rangers with campfire talks, the refuge is managed for wildlife, not people. If you come here, it'll be you and nature and not much else. Perfect.

Toppenish is a refuge of water, so plan your visit accordingly. Even in summer, plan on getting your feet wet.

The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset, except for hunting, which has special hours from 1-1/2 hours before legal hunting time to 1-1/2 hours after. The Toppenish Refuge Headquarters is periodically staffed in the early morning and late afternoon hours.

The main refuge entrance is located six miles south of Toppenish on U.S. Highway 97, then one mile west from the refuge sign. Parking is allowed in designated parking areas only.

Opportunities for recreation at Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge include wildlife observation, hiking and hunting. Wildlife observation and hiking are allowed year-round in the southeast portion of the main refuge from Highway 97 to the Refuge Headquarters. Sport hunting is permitted on the refuge in accordance with state and federal regulations. Hunters should consult the Washington State hunting regulations. Special refuge regulations also apply (see the Rules & Regulations page). Fishing, camping, boating and driving off-road are prohibited on the refuge.

Most areas of the refuge are very remote with no restroom or drinking water facilities; refuge visitors should plan their trips accordingly. Access difficulty varies by area. Contact the Mid-Columbia River NWR Complex Office for suggestions using the area safely (509–546-8300).

For local lodging information, please contact the Toppenish Chamber of Commerce at 509-865-3262.

Page Photo Credits — Black-capped Chickadee - Steve Byland
Last Updated: Mar 10, 2014
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