Plan Your Visit

Conboy Lake Vista

Much of Conboy Lake is closed to public access to protect its rare and precious wildlife. However, many interesting parts are open. Please take a moment to orient yourself as to what is open and what is closed, and please follow all closures and regulations in order to protect the refuge's fragile wildlife and plants.

Hours Determined by the Sun

The areas of Conboy Lake open to general public use are open from sunrise to sunset every day. (Hunting has special hours and access. Please visit our Rules & Regulations page for specific information.)

Conditions Vary by Season

Winter in the Cascades can be severe. However, if you visit any other time of the year there are no special precautions needed as the climate and terrain is not extreme. Carry water, dress in layers, let someone know where you're going and when you'll be back, respect the wildlife and you'll be guaranteed a pleasant visit. None of the areas open to public use would be considered backcountry, and facilities are never more than a few minutes away, although there may not be staff around.

Road Conditions and Parking

Speaking of facilities . . . The road into the refuge is gravel, but in excellent shape. County roads are in good repair. In fact, refuge roads and county roads are great places to observe wildlife—just be sure you use common sense and follow traffic laws. The Willard Springs Trail is an easy two-mile hike with a moderate grade, and a wildlife observation platform is located on the trail. Access to the trail, parking and restrooms are available at the refuge headquarters.

Directions from Glenwood

From Glenwood, head west on Main Street for about a third of a mile. As the road begins to curve follow the it to the left onto Draper Springs/Trout Lake Highway. Go 4.8 miles further to the marked entrance on your left for Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The parking area will be a mile ahead of you.

Directions from White Salmon

White Salmon, Washington, head west on State Route 14 (Lewis and Clark Highway). Turn right onto State Route 141 (Washington 141 Alternate North). After 2.2 miles, turn left onto State Route 141 North. Follow this for about 7.9 miles and turn right onto Glenwood Road. In about 1 mile Glenwood Road turns into the BZ-Glenwood Highway; follow this for another 8.1 miles and turn left onto Laurel Road. In 3.5 miles turn right onto Trout Lake-Greenwood Road. In another mile, turn right into the marked entrance for Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The parking area will be a mile ahead of you.