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  • Refuge Headquarters is still Closed!

    Refuge Headquarters (Visitor Center, Nature Store, museum and grounds) remains closed to the public. Other portions of the refuge are open.

  • The Center Patrol Road is Open!

    The Center Patrol Road is open to visitors. Access is open to all portions of the refuge except for Headquarters.

    Visitor Access Brochure

  • Post Occupation Information

    The illegal occupation of the Refuge ended on February 11, 2016. We appreciate all the help we have received!

    Post Occupation Information


Get Involved

A volunteer takes a break during a project.May 23, 2016

We need your help with Refuge specific projects to help us complete projects that were not completed due to the illegal occupation. Many of these opportunities are listed below. If you are interested in volunteering with one of the projects listed, please RSVP or sign up using the email address listed with the specific project. You can also leave your contact information at if you would like general information about volunteering. We are accepting volunteer applications under our Volunteer Program for 2017.

Volunteering at Malheur

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.

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Experience Malheur

  • Refuge Headquarters remains Closed

    May 23, 2016

    Refuge Headquarters, including the Visitor Center/Nature Store, museum and grounds remain closed to the public. Buildings and grounds are active work sites and are closed for safety reasons. We are pleased to open other portions of the refuge to visitors and we are working on a re-opening celebration for Refuge Headquarters set for the late summer/early fall. The Center Patrol Road (auto tour route) and Krumbo Reservoir are open to the public. Brochures and general information are available on this website and at all entrances to the refuge. If you have any questions please contact us at or leave a message on our temporary phone line at 541/589-0819.

    General Refuge Brochure
  • No Carp Fishing This Year

    The Refuge will not be hosting a carp fishing event on the Blitzen River at headquarters this fall.

  • Not Just A Land For Wildlife – Cultural Resources At Malheur


    The same landscape and wildlife that make Malheur National Wildlife Refuge attractive to wildlife has drawn people here for over 11,000 years, first the Native Americans that depended on the abundance of wildlife, then later fur trappers and the settlers determined to ranch in the high desert. Later still, the land would play a significant role in the New Deal, hosting and benefitting from the Civilian Conservation Corps. Protection of this rich cultural heritage is a top priority of the refuge, working in partnership with a host of partners, including the Burns Paiute Tribe. We’ve pulled together narratives of just a small fraction of the history to be found here.

    Cultural Resources on Malheur
Page Photo Credits — Sandhill Crane © Barbara Wheeler Photography, Cliff Swallow - Gordon Warrick, Larkspur - Gordon Warrick
Last Updated: Aug 23, 2016


  • Harney County Migratory Bird Festival

    Dancing greater sandhill craneApril 07, 2016 - April 10, 2016

    Held in honor of long time manager John Scharff the bird festival is a great way to discover the birds arriving in the spring.

    Find out more about the festival!
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