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History of McKay Creek

McKay Creek Dam & Refuge History

Dam Illustration

Really like history? This is the page for you. Learn about the making of the McKay Creek NWR and Dam.

History of McKay Creek Refuge & Dam

About the Complex

Mid-Columbia River Refuges

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

McKay Creek is managed as part of the Mid-Columbia River Refuges.

Learn more about the complex 

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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Of Interest

  • Upland Game Bird Hunting Lottery

    Bird HuntingSeptember 12, 2014

    The lottery for opening weekend of game bird hunting is open. The lottery closes at 3:30 p.m. on September 12, so you've got plenty of time to register. Good luck.

    McKay Creek Upland Gamebird Lottery
  • NO Dove Hunting

    Mourning Dove

    There was an error in the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife's Hunting Pamphlet. There is NO dove hunting at McKay Creek National Wildlife Refuge. That includes mourning doves, rock doves (pigeons) and Eurasian collared doves. For more information about hunting regulations for all of our refuges, please follow the link below.

    McKay Creek Hunting Regulations
  • Watching Wildlife


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

    Watching Wildlife
Page Photo Credits — Ducks in Flight - Chuck & Grace Bartlett, Barn Owlets - Kevin Keatley, Little Brown Myotis - Michael Durham & Bat Conservation International
Last Updated: Sep 18, 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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