River S/Auto Tour Sun-Friday Closure

Last Updated: 10/18/2019

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***Additional Temp Closure on River S for Oct/Nov***

The River 'S' Unit/AutoTour of the Refuge will be closed to ALL PUBLIC ACCESS Sunday - Friday, through November 2019 (except Nov 10th) due to the inability to provide safe access across the Lake River bridge. A professional flagger will be provided to assist with crossing on Saturdays only, except for Sunday November 10th when the unit will be open in honor of Veteran's Day.  We apologize for this construction closure and look forward to opening fully on weekends in December.  


Carty Unit/Refuge Office - Detour on Main Ave:  

A detour to the Carty Unit is in place through December 2019. To access the Refuge, please follow temporary orange construction detour signs placed in town. Look for signs off of Pioneer directing you north on Reimen Road (just east of 9th Ave).


River S/Auto Tour Route/Kiwa Trail - Weekend Access Only through July 2020:  

During construction, access to the River S Unit will be limited to weekends only. This includes both vehicle traffic and pedestrians during all hours.

Construction will replace the existing single-lane bridge that provides access to the unit. The new bridge will be two lanes wide and will cross over both the railroad tracks and the river. The new bridge will be constructed next to the existing bridge. Keeping the unit closed is necessary during construction as there is limited space for crews to operate construction equipment while interfacing with the railroad and public traffic.

To keep everyone safe and construction moving forward on time, please stay off the entrance road. 


Oaks to Wetlands Trail - Partial closure through October (Thursdays only)

The Carty Unit's Oaks to Wetlands Trail will be closed beyond the big oak overlook (where the nature pave ends) Thursdays through October to manage invasive species in the newly opened area. The full trail will be open Monday - Wednesday and Friday - Sunday.



The Refuge Office will remain open during the closures, Monday - Friday, 7:30 - 3:30 as staff availability allows.  Please call ahead of time to ensure staff presence.