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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

  • Snag Boat Bend Temporary Closure

    SBB Restoration 2015August 17, 2015

    Due to restoration activities, Snag Boat Bend is closed from August 17th, 2015 through September 17th, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but due to heavy equipment work, public access is not safe during this time. Your patience is greatly appreciated and we look forward to revealing a restored stretch of the Willamette River! For more information, please contact the Refuge Headquarters at (541) 757-7236. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm.

  • Oregon Chub Delisting!

    chub delisting event 2015

    The Oregon Chub is the first fish to be delisted from the Endangered Species list. On Tuesday, February 16, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced the Oregon chub's removal from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Animals due to recovery. The Service made the historic announcement at an event on W.L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge in Corvallis, Oregon, attended by Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, Curt Melcher, director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and representatives of many other partners groups that were central to recovery of the chub. For more information please follow the link to

  • 2015 Finley Elk Hunt

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    Information is now available for the Elk hunt at William L Finley NWR.

    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: Aug 25, 2015
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