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Snow and Dusky GeeseWilliam L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge provides numerous recreation opportunities to thousands of visitors every year. People enjoy viewing the diverse wildlife and picturesque vistas, whether on a determined hike, leisurely walk, or just driving through. Regulation of recreation activities allow for public enjoyment of the refuge while still protecting the wildlife and habitats.

Refuge Access

The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset. Visitors can access the northern half of the refuge via Finley Refuge Road at the western entrance off Bellfountain Road or the eastern entrance off Highway 99W. The southern half can be accessed via Bruce Road, with entrances off both Highway 99W and Bellfountain Road. Roads throughout the refuge are graveled and visitors must maintain the posted speed limit of 20 miles per hour. The Snag Boat Bend Unit can be accessed via a turn-off on the west side of Peoria Road. Parking is allowed in designated parking areas only. No overnight parking is allowed on the refuge.             

Visitor Center & Nature Store

The Refuge Visitor Center can be found off Finley Refuge Road, about 1 mile east of the Bellfountain Road entrance. The visitor center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and is closed on all federal holidays. The Wild Goose Nature Store, operated by the Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex can be accessed inside the Visitor Center Friday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The profit of all Nature Store sales goes directly to funding refuge programs. 


Hiking is allowed in all areas open to the public. Wildlife observation and photography are encouraged. Please stay out of closed areas to minimize disturbance to plants and animals. No running or jogging allowed on the Refuge.

Fishing & Boating

Fishing is allowed on the William L. Finley Unit's Muddy Creek and Snag Boat Bend Unit's Lake Creek.
Boating is allowed on Snag Boat Bend's Lake Creek, though there is no on-refuge boat launch. All boating is prohibited on the William L. Finely Unit. 


Black-tail deer hunting is permitted on William L. Finley in accordance with all state and federal regulations. Hunters should consult the Oregon state hunting regulations. Special refuge hunting regulations also apply. Only black-tail deer may be hunted on the refuge. All other hunting is prohibited.
Firearms and other weapons are subject to state law. At all times, persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on the refuge must comply with all provisions of state law. Firearms may only be discharged in accordance with refuge hunting regulations, i.e., only during the lawful pursuit of game during legal seasons.

General Regulations 

Other prohibitions on the refuge are the collection of plants, animals, minerals, antlers and artifacts. Leashed dogs are permitted in designated parking areas only. All dogs are prohibited on refuge trails and roads. 

Local Lodging 

Lodging is available in Corvallis, Oregon. Listings are available at the Corvallis Tourism site

Where We are Located

William L. Finley NWR can be found off of Highway 99W 10 miles south of Corvallis, Oregon. The Snag Boat Bent Unit can be located off of Peoria Road, 1 mile south of Peoria. 

For questions about recreation, please contact the refuge office at (541) 757-7236 during normal office hours, or fill out our online Contact Us form. 

Page Photo Credits — Canada and Snow Geese, George Gentry/USFWS
Last Updated: Oct 06, 2014
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