Cold Springs History
Really like history? Fascinated with engineering trivia? Insomnia? This is the page for you. Learn about the making of the Cold Springs NWR and Dam.History of Cold Springs Refuge & Dam
About the Complex
The Mid-Columbia River Refuges are eight refuges within the Columbia Basin.
Cold Springs 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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We think Cold Springs NWR is an incredible little refuge that few know about or visit. At the risk of too much visitation, we encourage you to plan a spring visit. Cold Springs is a fantastic place to go birdwatching any time of the year, and with the arrival of the spring migrants, it reaches its peak. Colorful warblers are generally passing through, but many will remain to nest. Many of the winter waterfowl will also remain behind, and soon will be followed by packs of all-too-adorable ducklings. Red-winged blackbirds trill and squawk from the reeds, vying for nest sites and mates. Deer and elk, with fawns and calves at their side, are around. Mink, otters, coyotes and other mammals are there for those with the patience to wait quietly. So, set aside a day or two to enjoy Cold Springs National Wildlife Refuge.
It's hard to believe Rocky Mountain elk are a star attraction at such a small refuge surrounded by agricultural fields. But they are, so much so, in fact, that we're planning for facilities and changes in land management so that visitors can enjoy the thriving herd found here.Rocky Mountain Elk
Want to see more animals on your trip to Cold Springs National Wildlife Refuge? Ready to add to your birding "Life List?" Here are some wildlife viewing tips from the "experts."Watching Wildlife
If you've ever seen Call of the Wildman on Animal Planet, you know he hates going up against skunks. But there's no reason for you not to love them—unless you, too, have some unimaginable desire to grab them by the tail.
Page Photo Credits American Avocet - Images In The Wild, Striped Skunk - Becky Gregory
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2014