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  • Osprey In Flight


    A striking black-and-white bird, Wapato Lake NWR is fortunate to have several ospreys on the refuge.


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

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The Tualatin River Refuges include Tualatin River and Wapato Lake.

Wapato Lake 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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Page Photo Credits — Wood Duck - Aditi The Stargazer, Broadleaf Arrowhead - Peter Gorman, American Wigeon - Chuck and Grace Bartlett, Tundra Swan - Larry Meade
Last Updated: Apr 27, 2017
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