Visitor Activities


Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge provides a plethora of different visitor activities. From hiking to hunting to nature photography, we provide ample opportunities, and just outside of the Dallas city limits too! For information on our refuge trails, check out our Trails & Viewing Areas page.

Visit Baskett Slough

If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a visit to Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge! With over 230 recorded species of birds as well as coyote, western pond turtles and much much more, you are sure to see something interesting no matter what time of year. Trails, observation decks, and refuge roads are available year-round for excellent viewing opportunities. For more information on our local wildlife, check out our Wildlife & Habitat page.

What to do

Start at our Observation Platform off Highway 22 and to view interpretive panels detailing Refuge management practices, native habitats and wildlife, and historic aspects of the land. And don't forget to pick up our complex brochure and trail maps at kiosks throughout the Refuge so you can learn more about the refuge complex.

Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography. That’s not surprising – the digital camera population explosion and cell phones with ever-improving picture-taking abilities are increasing the number of nature photographers at a rapid rate. You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment or have any experience to get started. A small camera or basic cell phone will do just fine for most visitors.


Wildlife photography is a high-priority activity in the Refuge System and at Baskett Slough NWR we provide access to a number of different photography opportunities. More photos are taken from auto tour routes than from any other location on national wildlife refuges. The Baskett Slough NWR refuge roads are open year-round to cars and it provides a number of vehicle pullouts that photographers use to capture their wildlife images. The road passes alongside many of the refuge wetlands, offering up close and personal photography opportunities. We welcome beginning and expert photographers alike to record their outdoor adventures on film, memory card or internal hard drive! 

Environmental Education

Baskett Slough NWR provides educators with great locations to do environmental education all year long. Students can learn about native habitats of the Willamette Valley, endangered species, and bird migration.

Is your school, youth, environmental or other group interested in learning more about the wildlife, plants, habitats and ecology of a particular national wildlife refuge? Contact or visit Baskett Slough NWR to check on program availability and reservation policies. Refuges are wild places, and we want to teach you more about them!

Youth Waterfowl Hunt

We offer a limited youth waterfowl hunt as a part of the Oregon statewide youth hunt offered over one weekend each September.  To apply for this hunt, check our homepage for full details, map and application.  We accept applications from August 1st - August 31st.  This is the the ONLY hunting opportunity at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge.