Visitor Activities

Bird Watching

Other than during hunting seasons, Cold Springs NWR is all about peace and quiet. It's a great place to have a quiet picnic, walk the access roads (and forthcoming trails) with binoculars in search of birds, or just sit in the shade and wait for wildlife to come to you. Even the fishing is quiet—we only allow electric boat motors.

  • Hiking, Biking & Horseback Riding


    Hiking is allowed in all areas open to the public. Please stay out of closed areas to minimize disturbance to plants and animals. Bicycling is allowed only on designated public access routes; it is not allowed on trails or roads closed to public vehicles or horses. Horseback riding is allowed on signed refuge public access routes open to motor vehicles.

  • Wildlife Viewing & Photography


    Wildlife observation and photography are encouraged. In fact, they're almost mandatory. With all bird life, especially waterfowl, at Cold Springs, we don't see how you could avoid at least breaking out your cell phone camera to snap a photo or two.

  • Fishing


    Fishing is allowed as per state of Oregon regulations from March 1 through September 30. Bank fishing is permitted from October 1 through the end of February. Crappie and bass are the favored targets. Only non-motorized boats and boats with electric motors are permitted; gasoline or other internal combustion engines are prohibited. If these types of motors are permanently affixed or built into the boat, they must be temporarily rendered inoperable by removing gas tanks, batteries, etc.

    For a great place to reconnect with a favorite childhood activity or to try it for the first time, make plans to fish at a national wildlife refuge soon. Find more information with our on-line Guide to Fishing on National Wildlife Refuges.

  • Hunting

    Golden Retriever Puppy

    Sport hunting for ducks, geese, dove, coot, snipe, and upland gamebirds is permitted on the refuge in accordance with all state and federal regulations. Elk is only open to emergency hunting administered by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. Visit ODFW Emergency Hunt. Hunters should consult the Oregon State hunting regulations. Special refuge hunting regulations also apply.

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