About the Refuge

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Located on the outskirts of Portland, OR, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is one of only a handful of urban national wildlife refuges in the country. Situated within the floodplain of the Tualatin River, the Refuge comprises less than 1% of the 712 square mile watershed. Yet, due to it's richness and diversity of habitats, the Refuge supports some of the most abundant and varied wildlife in the watershed.

A Refuge for Us All

The Refuge is now home to nearly 200 species of birds, over 50 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and amphibians, and a wide variety of insects, fish and plants. The Refuge has also become a place where people can experience and learn about wildlife and the places they call home, whether through self-guided discovery or by participating in one of our many educational programs.

Together We Can Accomplish Great Things

Thanks to the combined efforts of local residents and the US Fish & Wildlife Service, this land was set aside as a refuge in 1992. Ever since, our staff has been working hard to turn the land back to a more natural state within the floodplain of the Tualatin River basin.

We manage the Refuge to mimic the natural seasonal cycle, so whatever the season, you’ll see many kinds of wildlife here. Our efforts are paying off! The Refuge has become a key stopping point on the Pacific Flyway as migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds by the thousands discover this rich and varied resource. Several more species are appearing each year.

The Refuge is part of your community. We welcome you to discover and enjoy the wildlife who live here, the habitats that support them, and the people who share their passion for nature.

Contact Us:

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
19255 SW Pacific Hwy
Sherwood, OR 97140
Office: 503-625-5944
Fax: 503-625-5947
Visitor Center: 503-625-5945