Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick

Of Interest

Spring Visit


We think Cold Springs NWR is an incredible little refuge that few know about or visit. At the risk of too much visitation, we encourage you to plan a spring visit. Cold Springs is a fantastic place to go birdwatching any time of the year, and with the arrival of the spring migrants, it reaches its peak. Colorful warblers are generally passing through, but many will remain to nest. Many of the winter waterfowl will also remain behind, and soon will be followed by packs of all-too-adorable ducklings. Red-winged blackbirds trill and squawk from the reeds, vying for nest sites and mates. Deer and elk, with fawns and calves at their side, are around. Mink, otters, coyotes and other mammals are there for those with the patience to wait quietly. So, set aside a day or two to enjoy Cold Springs National Wildlife Refuge.

Rocky Mountain Elk

Elk Illustration

It's hard to believe Rocky Mountain elk are a star attraction at such a small refuge surrounded by agricultural fields. But they are, so much so, in fact, that we're planning for facilities and changes in land management so that visitors can enjoy the thriving herd found here.

Rocky Mountain Elk

Watching Wildlife

Chickadee Illustration

Want to see more animals on your trip to Cold Springs National Wildlife Refuge? Ready to add to your birding "Life List?" Here are some wildlife viewing tips from the "experts."

Watching Wildlife
Cold Springs History

Cold Springs History

Earth-Filled Dam

Really like history? Fascinated with engineering trivia? Insomnia? This is the page for you. Learn about the making of the Cold Springs NWR and Dam.

History of Cold Springs Refuge & Dam

About the Complex

Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Cold Springs National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge 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