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    Mardon Skippers

    Small and seldom seen, the Mardon skipper is having a tough time hanging on in Washington. Conboy Lake NWR is one of its last strongholds.

    Mardon Skipper

  • Elk In Aspen Promo

    Rocky Mountain Elk

    Massive antlers, bodies weighing up to 700 pounds, shaggy manes, distinctive calls—it's no wonder everyone loves elk.

    Rocky Mountain Elk

  • Sandhill Cranes Promo 2

    Sandhill Cranes

    Wolves and geese notwithstanding, the call of a Sandhill crane is the call of the wild.

    Sandhill Cranes

  • Western Gray Squirrel Promo

    Western Gray Squirrel

    However you might feel about squirrels—love 'em, hate 'em—the fact remains this is a species that needs our help.

    Western Gray Squirrel

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Watching Wildlife

Deer Illustration

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

Watching Wildlife

About the Complex

Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuges

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

Conboy Lake is managed as part of the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife 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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Enjoying Conboy Lake

  • Summer

    Sandhill Crane Colt

    June and July are possibly the most exciting months at Conboy Lake. The refuge is in full bloom after a long winter. A variety of birds and butterflies are active, and the forest floor, along with the wetlands, is covered with wildflowers. It is the lucky early morning visitors that glimpse new born elk calves and fuzzy orange greater Sandhill crane colts. Mid-July and August we will be busy banding the new colts to identify them before they fledge. Our easy trail lets you traverse along the wetlands, past the aspens and into the forest for a wonderful adventure, or you can bring a lunch, dine at the picnic tables and listen to the quiet.

  • August Events

    August Events

    Don’t forget about Bats Among Us (August 16) and Astronomy Night (August 30). What better ways to enjoy Conboy Lake summer evenings? Check the calendar for details.

  • Whitcomb-Cole Hewn Log House

    Hewn Log House

    One of the first things you may notice on your arrival at Conboy Lake is the historic cabin located near the visitor’s center. Built in the 1890’s this house is one of the last pioneer log homes still standing in Klickitat County. Visitors can wander through its empty rooms and picture how life was for the early settlers of the Camas Prairie. Take a minute to read the poem on the wall that was written last year by one of our volunteers.

    Cultural Resources
Page Photo Credits — Elk Herd - Lisa Wilson, Mardon Skipper Butterfly - Stefan Flores, Oregon Spotted Frog - Gary Nafis, Elk in Aspen - Pam Morris, Sandhill Crane - Marvin De Jong, Western Gray Squirrel - Alan & Elaine Wilson, Sandhill Crane Colt - Dan Irizarry, Whitcomb-Cole Hewn Log House - Chuck and Grace Bartlett 
Last Updated: Aug 01, 2014


  • 2014 Events Calendar

    Snowy Owl - EventsJanuary 01, 2014

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

    2014 Events Calendar (PDF)
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