Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


  • Roosevelt Elk Herd

    Elk Hunt Information

    Elk hunters, for the 2018 elk hunt information and application, click the link.

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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.

    Discover Snag Boat Bend...

  • Oregon Chub at Finley NWR

    The Oregon Chub Recovers!

    The Oregon Chub is the first fish species ever to be removed from the Endangered Species List due to recovery!

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  • Dragonfly

    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!

    Submit your sighting here...

Refuge Updates

2019 Winter Wildlife Field Day - March 9th | 9 de Marzo

WWFD 2019 Poster

The 5th Annual Winter Wildlife Field Day at William L. Finley Refuge will be on March 9th from 11 am - 3 pm! The theme for this year's popular bilingual environmental education event is "Nature's Predators." New activities plus your favorite stations are back! Click below to see the flyer and this year's collectible patch. Hablamos Español. Llámanos a 541-757-7236 para más información.

WWFD 2018 Flyer

William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge Winter Sanctuary Season


Effective November 1st the refuge interior closes 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. The popular Mill Hill, Woodpecker and Homer Campbell Boardwalk trails are all open year-round!

WVNWRC Winter Sanctuary Season

Finley Refuge Elk and Deer Hunt

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The 2018 hunt ended on October 31st. Look for 2019 William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge hunt information (elk and deer) here in May.

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

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

Read 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.

Learn more about the NWRS