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Malheur
National Wildlife Refuge


3691 Sodhouse Lane
Princeton, OR   97721 - 9502
E-mail: Tim_Bodeen@fws.gov
Phone Number: 541-493-2612
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/malheur/
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Malheur Refuge participates in a variety of local and national events that highlight our wildlife or cultural resources. The dates of these events change from year to year, but generally occur around the same time.

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Fishing
Two areas are open for fishing on the refuge: the Krumbo Reservoir and the South Fishing Loop.

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Hunting
The refuge offers both upland bird hunting and waterfowl hunting opportunities. These hunts are in designated areas on the refuge. All other areas on the refuge are closed to hunting.

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Interpretation
The George Benson Memorial Museum, located at headquarters, houses interpretive exhibits about the refuge and nearly 200 mounted specimens of birds. The museum is open daily from dawn to dusk.

The historic Sod House Ranch reopened to the public in October 2003. Closed to the public for 12 years, a new Centennial Trail takes you through the 1880s Peter French ranch. The ranch is open from August 15 through October 15. Docents are available to guide tours through the ranch.

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Wildlife Observation
The headquarters area is a good starting point for your visit. The refuge office, visitor center, and the George Benson Memorial Museum are located at headquarters. Refuge brochures, maps, and information on road conditions, current sightings, and "hot spots" are available. The great variety of trees and shrubs at headquarters attract many birds, making it one of the best spots in Oregon to see migrating songbirds. The pond is an excellent place to see waterfowl. View Malheur Lake from the overlook just above headquarters. Commonly sighted species include the yellow-rumped warbler, Belding's ground squirrel, cliff and tree swallows, common goldeneye, common nighthawk, cottontail rabbit, gadwall, great blue heron, great horned owl, lesser scaup, mallard, mule deer, and red-tailed hawk.

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Hours
Refuge headquarters is located on the south side of Malheur Lake and is about 32 miles southeast of Burns, Oregon. The refuge and museum are open daily from dawn until dusk.

The office is open Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The visitor center is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. With the help of volunteers, the visitor center is open weekends from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning in March.

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