Plan Your Visit

Visitors look out over wetlands at the refuge

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
― Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder


Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is located in the southeastern Oregon’s high desert, at the northern end of the Great Basin. It is adjacent to the Steens Mountain, from which the Wild and Scenic Donner und Blitzen River flows into the Refuge’s southern boundary. The Refuge is famous for spectacular concentrations of wildlife, which are attracted to the Refuge’s habitats and abundant water resources in an otherwise arid landscape. Visitors are drawn to Malheur’s abundant wildlife and natural resources and the variety of recreational opportunities the Refuge provides for visitors to enjoy.


Location

The Refuge headquarters is located 35 miles south of Burns, Oregon. The Visitor Center located at Refuge headquarters is a good starting point for your visit for brochures, maps, information, recent bird sightings and interpretive exhibits.

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
36391 Sodhouse Lane
Princeton, OR 97721
541-493-2612
malheur@fws.gov


Day Use Only

The Refuge is open daily from sunrise to sunset.


Visitor Center, Nature Store & Museum

The Visitor Center is a good starting point for your visit. Brochures, maps, information, recent bird sightings and interpretive exhibits are available.

The Visitor Center and Nature Store is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and staffed with the help of volunteers, most weekends.

The George Benson Memorial Museum is open daily from sunrise to sunset. The museum contains historic taxidermy mounts of many of the birds that may be viewed on the Refuge and a variety of interpretive exhibits.


Auto Tour Route

The 42-mile auto tour route along the Center Patrol Road (gravel) offers prime wildlife viewing and interpretive opportunities on the Refuge. Self-guided, interpretive Auto Tour Brochure and Wildlife Checklists are available.


Refuge Roads

Motorized vehicles and horseback riding are permitted on designated roads shown on the Refuge Map. Horseback riding in not permitted on East Canal Road. All other Refuge roads not shown on the map are closed to the public.


Trails

Hiking, bicycling, and cross-country skiing are permitted on designated roads and trails shown on the Refuge Map. Use caution on the East Canal Road, it is shared with vehicular traffic. All other Refuge roads not shown on the map are closed to the public.


Wildlife Viewing

Over 340 species of birds and 67 mammal species have been observed on the Refuge. Located on the Pacific Flyway, Malheur's abundant water and food resources provide resting, nesting and feeding for many resident and migratory birds. Wildlife Checklists are available.

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Boating

Non-motorized or electric boats are permitted on Krumbo Reservoir for recreational boating and Fishing year round, and in the designated Hunting area during the Malheur Lake hunt seasons. All other Refuge waters are closed to the public.


Pets

Pets must be kept on leash while on the Refuge. Please pick up after your pets.


Weather

The Refuge is located in the high desert situated at 4,100 feet in elevation. Radical weather changes, including lightening storms and intense heat and cold can occur. Be prepared for weather extremes and traveling long distances over paved and gravel roads. Mosquitoes can be ruthless during the summer months.


Lodging, Fuel or Other Accommodations

The Refuge does not offer lodging, fuel or other accommodations. Many visitors stop in nearby communities for lodging, fuel or meals. The Refuge promotes surrounding communities and encourages visitors to enjoy the many services and opportunities offered nearby.

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Contact Us

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
36391 Sodhouse Lane
Princeton, OR 97721
541-493-2612
malheur@fws.gov