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    Visit Snag Boat Bend!

    Did you know great blue herons nest in trees, forming colonies called rookeries? A heron rookery can be found at our Snag Boat Bend Unit.

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  • Oregon Chub at Finley NWR

    The Oregon Chub Recovers!

    Did you know the Oregon chub has been proposed as the first fish to be removed from the Endangered Species List due to recovery?

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    Submit Your Wildlife Sighting!

    See something interesting on your last trip to the Refuge? Fill out our online Wildlife Sighting Report and share your story!

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Refuge Wildlife Report

What's New At Finley?


Want to know what to look for on your next visit? Check out our Refuge Wildlife Report for the most up-to-date scoop on what there is to see.

Refuge Wildlife Report

About the Complex

Willamette Valley NWR Complex

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A collection of three refuges provides wintering habitat and sanctuary for the dusky Canada goose, other waterfowl and migratory birds in Oregon's emerald landscape, the Willamette Valley.

William L. Finley is managed as part of the Willamette Valley NWR Complex.

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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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Refuge Updates

  • William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge Winter Sanctuary Season

    Effective November 1st the refuge interior will be closed to public access to provide sanctuary for wintering Canada geese and other waterfowl. For more information on the closure, click the link below. For trail availability see our Trail Descriptions page.

    WVNWRC Winter Sanctuary Season
  • Snag Boat Bend Restoration

    Happy Salmonid

    The earthwork phase of our restoration project is done and work continues. Bring on the native plants! Thanks for your patience as we work hard to help reconnect back channel habitat with the mainstem Willamette! If we could interview some native salmonids they would be swimmingly happy :)

  • The 2015 Finley Refuge Elk Hunt is Now Over

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    Thank you to the hunters that participated in our first ever elk hunt on the Refuge. We hope you enjoyed your hunt! We will update the website in the Spring with 2016 hunt information. Check back! The link below shows the 2015 hunt regulations but these will likely change a bit for 2016.

    2015 Finley Elk Hunt Regs
  • Bicycle Notice

    During Winter Sanctuary on the William L Finley NWR, we do not allow bicycles on Finley Refuge Road to avoid disturbance of the geese. Please help us observe our Winter Sanctuary dates from November 1st through March 31st by driving on the auto tour route or walking the year round trails. You may ride bicycles on Finley Rd, Bruce Rd and McFarland Rd. Thank you.

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Marsh Wren, © Mike Larsen, Great Blue Heron, George Gentry/USFWS, Oregon Chub swim at Finley NWR, Rick Swart/ODFW, Dragonfly, © Joe Staff, Canada Geese, USFWS, Swallowtail Butterfly, © Joe Staff, Roosevelt Elk Bull, © Joe Staff, Cedar Waxwings, George Gentry/USFWS, Battling swans © Jim Leonard
Last Updated: Nov 10, 2015
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