Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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Additional Public Uses Comment Period

Additional public uses, like hiking and wildlife observation, comment period coming soon! Check back between 12/1 – 1/15 for more details.

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Refuge News

A Glimpse of the Refuge

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Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge is not open yet, but we wanted to provide a little sneak peak. The Service is proposing to offer many public uses that National Wildlife Refuges focus on, specifically -- hunting, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education and interpretation. Access at the Refuge will be on a new hiking trail. Check out the link below.

A Glimpse of Wapato Lake NWR

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?

2nd Annual Waterfowl Hunt


The application period for the waterfowl hunt is now closed. All hunters will be notified regarding the lottery drawing outcomes. Follow the link below to find out more information about the Wapato Lake NWR waterfowl hunt.

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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.

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS