Plan Your Visit


Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge provides numerous recreation opportunities to thousands of visitors every year. People enjoy viewing the diverse wildlife and picturesque vistas, whether on a determined hike, leisurely walk, or just driving through. Regulation of recreation activities allow for public enjoyment of the refuge while still protecting the wildlife and habitats.

Refuge Access

The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset. The refuge is located at the junction of State Highways 99W and 22 and can be accessed via Coville and Smithfield Roads off of Highway 99W. Refuge trailheads, viewing pull offs and parking areas can be found off of each. Parking is allowed in designated parking areas only. No overnight parking is allowed on the refuge.  


Hiking is allowed in all areas open to the public. Wildlife observation and photography are encouraged. Please stay out of closed areas to minimize disturbance to plants and animals. Bicycling and running are allowed only on designated public access routes. These activities are not allowed on trails or roads closed to public vehicles. 

General Regulations 

Other prohibitions on the refuge are the collection of plants, animals, minerals, antlers and artifacts. Leashed dogs are permitted in designated parking areas only. All dogs are prohibited on refuge trails and roads.  

Local Lodging 

Lodging is available in the nearby cities of Dallas and Salem. Listings are available at the Dallas Area Visitors Center Dallas Area Visitors Center and the Travel Salem websites.  

Where We are Located

Baskett Slough NWR can be at the junction of State Highways 99W and 22, 10 miles west of Salem, Oregon. 


For questions about recreation, please contact the refuge office at (541) 757-7236 during normal office hours, or fill out our online Contact Us form.