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What About Visiting Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge?

Visiting Wapato Lake

Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge is currently not open to the public. This is a new refuge, and before we can open it to public use, there's a lot of work to be done—restoration, planning for public access and acquiring the remaining land. You can see quite a bit of wildlife from the roads—Highway 47, Springhill Road and Gaston Road, but please follow all traffic laws. We look forward to welcoming you on the refuge in the future.

Did You Know?


Broadleaf Arrowhead

"Wapato" comes from the area’s Native American name for broadleaf arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia), commonly known as the wild or duck potato due to the tubers that grow beneath ground at the end of the stalk. Elsewhere in the state, other tribes had different names for the plant, such as tchua by the Klamath Tribe. Whatever the name, the plant was a staple of Native Americans. And for you Hunger Games fans, the plant is also known as "katniss."

About the Complex

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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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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